Hysterectomy and perioperative morbidity in women who have undergone renal transplantation

Christine A. Heisler, Elizabeth R. Casiano, John B. Gebhart

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare complications from vaginal hysterectomy with abdominal hysterectomy in renal transplant recipients. Study Design: Women who underwent renal transplantation then hysterectomy from 1966-2008 at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, were identified. Data were collected about preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative events. Main outcome measure was loss of allograft function; secondary outcomes included types of complications and treatment methods. Results: Of 58 women with renal transplants, 42 women (72.4%) underwent abdominal hysterectomy. The most common indication for hysterectomy was menorrhagia (n = 20; 34.5%). Overall, 24 women (41.4%) had complications, the most common of which were infection (n = 15) and transfusion (n = 8). Women who underwent abdominal hysterectomy were no more likely to have perioperative complications than were women who underwent vaginal hysterectomy (odds ratio, 1.25; 95% confidence interval, 0.38-4.08). Conclusion: Although patients with renal transplants had perioperative complications, none of these complications led to renal graft loss. Hysterectomy can be considered in these patients when accompanied by diligent postoperative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314.e1-314.e4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • complication
  • hysterectomy
  • renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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