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Unread 08-14-2017, 12:53 PM
Just shy of 2 weeks post hysterectomy spotting

Hi sisters!
Just returned to work today. Feeling fine, but 2 days ago I started having some very very light spotting. I've had zero bleeding up to this point. I'm wondering if it means I'm overdoing things or if it's just my body starting to heal and the stitches starting to dissolve? It seems to me like it's a little early for that. Trying not to panic! I've got my 2-week post op with my doctor on Wednesday, so I'll definitely ask her if this is normal. But in the meantime, would like to hear your thoughts.
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Unread 08-15-2017, 05:40 AM
Re: Just shy of 2 weeks post hysterectomy spotting

It could be both . Spotting can happen due to new tissue forming, stitches dissolving, or perhaps doing too much for where you are in healing. Even if you'd not had any spotting since surgery it can start up. The articles we have suggest stitches start dissolving around 3 weeks, but that's not in stone as doctors will use varying materials. There have been posts where Sisters noticed dissolving stitches earlier than 3 weeks.

The general guideline is if you fill a pad in an hour, that's an emergency situation. Also if you experience a gush of blood or fluid, notice a significant amount of new bleeding, pass clots larger than a quarter, or pass tissue, those warrant a call to your doctor. Fortunately, none of those are happening with you at this point. Monitoring is always a good thing to do. Two articles we have to guide you on what's normal and what to watch for are Vaginal Discharge After Hysterectomy and Spotting vs. Bleeding After Hysterectomy.

Good luck on your post-op!

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Unread 08-15-2017, 10:27 AM
Re: Just shy of 2 weeks post hysterectomy spotting

Great, thank you Cussette!
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Unread 08-17-2017, 11:40 AM
Just shy of 2 weeks post hysterectomy spotting

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Originally Posted by bdiddy View Post
Hi sisters!
Just returned to work today. Feeling fine, but 2 days ago I started having some very very light spotting. I've had zero bleeding up to this point. I'm wondering if it means I'm overdoing things or if it's just my body starting to heal and the stitches starting to dissolve? It seems to me like it's a little early for that. Trying not to panic! I've got my 2-week post op with my doctor on Wednesday, so I'll definitely ask her if this is normal. But in the meantime, would like to hear your thoughts.
I am 1 week post op and suddenly spotting lightly when I had none before. I did have more pain & pulling feeling yesterday. It is definitely nowhere near what my Dr said was a worrying level. It's just disconcerting when I didn't have any before. My post op isn't until 6 weeks, so please update with what your Dr says! It made me feel better to see I was not the only one!
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Unread 08-17-2017, 01:49 PM
Re: Just shy of 2 weeks post hysterectomy spotting

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Originally Posted by Sidhesadie View Post
I am 1 week post op and suddenly spotting lightly when I had none before. I did have more pain & pulling feeling yesterday. It is definitely nowhere near what my Dr said was a worrying level. It's just disconcerting when I didn't have any before. My post op isn't until 6 weeks, so please update with what your Dr says! It made me feel better to see I was not the only one!
Good news! My doctor said the spotting is normal as we get up and start moving around more. I forgot to ask her how to know when I'm doing too much, but I'm sure my body will let me know when it's time to rest. She said as long as I don't see any bright red blood, consistent blood or anything that would be considered a "normal period" (which I'm not, right now I'm just using a liner), everything is a-okay and I shouldn't be concerned.
I would say probably try to stop and rest before you feel pain or pulling. Don't push yourself too hard. My doctor said the first 2 weeks are the most crucial for healing, but I'm still going to take it easy for another couple weeks and try to avoid a lot of bending and lifting.
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