Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Blood clots
- Damage to other organs in the belly
- The need for more surgeries. Can include a hysterectomy, bladder repair, or repeat C-sections with future pregnancies
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
- Prior C-section birth
- Prior surgery of the uterus
- Abnormal placenta
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