Dr. Eilber explains if a woman is likely to develop urinary incontinence after having a hysterectomy.
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Are women likely to develop urinary incontinence after having a hysterectomy? Dr. Eilber: Certain risk factors for incontinence include age, gravity, meaning the number of pregnancies you’ve had, parity – the actual number of deliveries, and prior pelvic surgeries. Hysterectomy is an extremely common surgery performed. When hysterectomy is performed for non-cancerous reasons, the risk of a woman developing incontinence afterwards is minimal. However, if a woman has a hysterectomy because of cancer, depending on the extent of the cancer operation, she may be at more risk for postoperative urinary incontinence.

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