Even though the prospect of bleeding may be alarming after you have had a hysterectomy, any doctor will advise you that it’s highly common to have bleeding in the first few weeks after your surgery has taken place. Once you have successfully been through the surgery, and while you’re being kept in the hospital for a few days for observation, vaginal bleeding will be common as the body accustoms to the changes made after the surgery. You may experience this to some degree for up to a fortnight after the procedure, where the blood flow will transition to a side-effect known as spotting. This isn’t anything to worry about, and is a good sign that you are getting better.
Other factors that may cause unexpected bleeding includes if a blood clot surrounding the pelvic area should burst. After a surgery, blood can gather up in this area, and if you are in immediate pain it is advisable that you seek medical attention. Like with most surgeries, stitches will also have been used to piece you back together after the hysterectomy has taken place. Usually, these sutures will disintegrate naturally up to two months after the day of your surgery, and there might be some slight bleeding as this dissolution takes place.
If you believe that the bleeding you’re suffering is outside of these normal post-surgery explanations, make sure you seek the expertise of a GP or a gynaecologist with immediate effect. When there are complications with a surgery, it’s important to verify what the source of a problem is as soon as possible.
Recovery time of vaginal hysterectomy is shorter than abdominal hysterectomy. After the surgery, general complaints may continue for two weeks. Problems like healing of incision site, bleeding, pain & Discomfort, and nausea can last for two weeks. You can start your normal routine life after eight weeks. You should avoid lifting of heavy objects during this period. Sexual activities can be started after 6 weeks of hysterectomy.
So, you should wait for 2 weeks to subside the post operative problems. If these problems persists more than 2 weeks then visit to doctor who operated will be helpful.
...glad to see someone else had this question! I am at 6 days post-op, and still very sore, along with the feeling of severe cramps. I just want to get back to my regular life....and soon! I am so frustrated being tied down and inactive.
I am 2 weeks exact post-op today and still am having cramps, they aren't constant but I get them daily, I figured it was because I was doing to much I was up walking around after I got out of recovery, but the pain gets worse when I have to urinate or have a bowel movement, the cramps are really bad then, I'm just ready for it all to be over with so I can go back to my normal life
By the time you return for your check-up there should only be a trace of bleeding. I had an abdominal hysterectomy and bleed for three weeks. When the amount started decreasing and the odor started leaving, my doctor said it was ok. You really need to watch for increased amounts, and stronger odors, and color. This cannot be answered completely because you did not mention if you have ever in the past or recently had problems with your blood count. The surgeon will most surely want to know any little change or concern that you have because he is liable, so don't just depend on opinions of others. Best Wishes.
My total hyst was exactly two weeks ago today. Am still "dripping" and want to know how long to expect this? Not a lot of blood, but want to know if this is normal, my doc and brochure said "a few days" which to me means 3 days but 14 days is more than a few. Any words of wisdom out there? Thanks. Terri
Not usually,but you may a little just from the surgery. Did he do a vaginal hysterectomy? If you continue to bleed and it starts getting heavy you need to call your surgery Dr. And let him know whats going on. Especially if you have any clots.
The normal bleeding periods after a hysterectomy lasts from days to several weeks after the operation. In most cases bleeding stops for good after that, but in some there may be mild spotting that can be dull or bright red. In some instances there may be occasional instances of bleeding if there are blood clots leftover in the pelvis after the surgery. In some instances, there can be spotting up to 8 weeks after surgery due to suture dissolving. In some cases there may be vaginal bleeding after intercourse. The causes for bleeding even months after a hysterectomy are:
1. Prolapse of fallopian tubes.
2. Endometriosis of the vagina.
3. Low estrogen levels resulting in atrophic vaginitis.
4. A cancerous growth in the vagina.
You have not mentioned that when hysterectomy was done. It is normal to bleed after hysterectomy during recovery time. The bleeding may occur for few days to several weeks. Some times bleeding occur after 3-4 weeks and rarely after 8 weeks. If you have bleeding after 3-4 months, then you should be worried and contact with doctor. For more information visit:
Well, actually that depends on you for the most part. Some people are up and around in a few days and others take longer to heal. Ask the Dr what he/she thinks about you
I had a complete hysterectomy 8 yrs.ago . And not until maybe 3 mos. Ago ,after having intercourse ,I have bleeding
I still have my cervix and one ovary (I have the others removed 10 years ago and I started bleeding for one day every 30-45 days) is this normal?
I had a hysterectomy 7 weeks ago and I only bled about 3 days after the surgery. I had a brown discharge prior to and right after the surgery for about 3 weeks. My doctor gave me antibiotics to take for 1 week and no more problems.
Should I worry about bleeding 14 days after a total hyst via laporoscopy w/bladder boost? Not a lot of bleeding but a few drops during the day?
When I had my hysterectomy the only thing that came through the vaginal opening was my cervix which was sawn closed and the rest was done through the belly button, I think I bled about 22 hours coughing and laughing are the worst and sneezed are still bad 3 years later but let me tell you I have never been happier good luck
I underwent laproscopic hyterectomy month age ..I have a brown discharge and sometimes blood spotting ..I am worried..is it healed..when wlll it stop..is it because I go for walks for 30 min everyday or should I take rest ..subha
I had a vaginal hysterectomy in november 2006 and I still can't sit without pain my life has gone my marriage has gone I wished I never had it done now will I ever get better