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Post hysterectomy uneven swelling and bruising at one week Post hysterectomy uneven swelling and bruising at one week

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Unread 07-30-2021, 09:15 AM
Post hysterectomy uneven swelling and bruising at one week

I had a radical hysterectomy one week ago. Yesterday, my mons pubis and outer labia on my left side started swelling more and more throughout the day. It’s more than twice the size of my right side. It’s also a dark purple. I notice that as the days go by I’ve had more bruising show up on my abdomen on that side. Could gravity be causing the blood to seek the lowest point and causing deep bruising in that area? I have no discharge or fever and it’s only somewhat painful. Thank you for your help!
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Unread 07-30-2021, 09:54 AM
Re: Post hysterectomy uneven swelling and bruising at one week

Probably a delayed response to the clamped tissues and the clotting of the blood vessels, with one side having been "roughed up" more. While I didn't have this with my hysterectomy, I've read past threads from other women who'd had more bruising and swelling on one side. I couldn't really picture it or figure it out until this past March when I had non-gyn abdominal surgery. I had more swelling and bruising on the right side, even though the work was done on the left side. The bruising increased before it began to start fading.

During my first follow up at 2 weeks, I asked the PA about it. With open abdominal surgery, retractors are used to pull back the skin, fat tissue and muscle to keep it out of the way, and she said "it's stretched pretty tight". My thought is that the retractor dug in more on that side, probably pinching some blood vessels and nerves - I say it "bit me". I also noticed that with the stitched incision, I swelled above the pubic line and also had swelling below, but it seems the stitches kept the pubic line tighter.

Having said all that, if your bruising and swelling is getting worse, let your doctor know. There could be an internal blood vessel is bleeding or not clotting properly.

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You were given some good links in the New Member Center. One I'd like to highlight is your Recovery Thread, a dedicated group chat for women who had surgery the same week as you at Recovery Progress Reports for July 19-25. Recovery Threads are wonderful for getting support, comparing notes, encouraging others, and keeping one another company.

Unread 07-30-2021, 12:41 PM
Post hysterectomy uneven swelling and bruising at one week

Thank you! Super helpful!

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