Bleeding after hysterectomy is common. It usually lasts for several days or may be even several weeks after the surgery. Scroll down to find out more about bleeding after hysterectomy.
Surgical removal of the uterus is known as hysterectomy. Hysterectomy ends the ability of the woman to get pregnant and also ends her menstrual cycle. There are a number of reasons, why hysterectomy needs to be performed. Some women have to deal with abnormal vaginal bleeding, which is not controlled with other treatment methods, and in such cases, hysterectomy needs to be performed. Depending on the reasons of hysterectomy, the surrounding organs and tissue may also have to be removed. In some cases, partial hysterectomy is also performed, while in some cases, along with hysterectomy, the cervix fallopian tubes and ovaries can also be removed. A common problem a number of women have to deal with is bleeding after hysterectomy.
Bleeding After Hysterectomy Surgery
Vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy is common for approximately four to six weeks after the procedure. Bleeding usually lasts till the sutures dissolve and the surrounding tissue heals. Often the color of bleeding after vaginal hysterectomy is light. The bleeding right after the surgery can be heavy and can also be dark red in color. After the first few days the bleeding stops for good. Click here to read more about vaginal hysterectomy recovery.
A number of women have experienced burst of bleeding approximately two to three weeks after the surgery. This blood is often the collection of blood clot in the pelvis, which had accumulated after the surgery. It is important to note, how much are you bleeding after the surgery. In most cases, it decreases as the internal wounds begin to heal. If you notice, that with each passing you are bleeding less, then you do not have a cause to be worried about. But if you notice, that you have significantly decreased bleeding on one day and the next day, there is increase in bleeding, you will have to bring this to your surgeons notice. Heavy bleeding any time is however not a normal situation. In such case, talk to your surgeon without wasting any time. You will also have to make note of the color of bleeding. If you notice, that the bleeding is bright red colored fresh blood, it is an indication of current and fresh source of bleeding.
If you experience occasional bleeding or vaginal bleeding around two to eight weeks of the surgery, it can be due to suture dissolving. When would the suture dissolve depends on the type of suture used and how long does that particular one takes to dissolve. This is oftentimes spontaneous bright red spotting. The bleeding is an occasional spotting or a pink discharge. In rare cases, can this bleeding after hysterectomy be bright red in color. In an one off case, can it be heavy? Many women also experience bleeding after an intercourse or some kind of physical activity. Read about recovering from hysterectomy here.
There have also been cases, in which there has been postoperative vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy at other times and may be even after years. This bleeding can be caused due to growth of healing tissue on its own. Some cases have also shown the prolapse of a fallopian tube. Endometriosis after hysterectomy is another reason, which can cause bleeding after hysterectomy as well. Low estrogen levels and traumatic irritation can give rise to atrophic vaginitis, which in turn leads to bleeding. Cancerous growth at the end of the vaginal opening can also cause bleeding.
Any sort of bleeding after hysterectomy about 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery, will have to brought to the surgeons notice. It can be an indicator of a serious problem, which will need thorough examination. If you have had a partial hysterectomy, then you may not worry, as this bleeding can be as a result of a regular period, which you will experience. If it has been beyond 6 to 8 weeks of surgery and you still experience bleeding after an intercourse, you will have to consult your obstetrician and gynecologist about the same.