"Hysterectomy is one of the most frequently performed gynecologic operations worldwide. As with any pelvic surgery, it may be complicated by injury to surrounding organs, such as bowel, bladder or ureters. Retrospective studies have found that the risk of such damage is approximately one to two percent. As the average gynecologist performs hundreds of hysterectomies over the course of a career, such a complication is likely to be encountered at some point. When the injury results in incontinence, a lawsuit often follows."