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How do I deal with hematoma? How do I deal with hematoma?

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Unread 11-01-2007, 09:44 PM
How do I deal with hematoma?

hi, wanted to see if anybody has had a hemotoma since there surgery?It's been 3 weeks since my surgery.they had to remove a softball size fibroid tumor, ovaries, tubes and uterus tubes everything.The fibroids had even grown to my bowe and dr. had to remove some of the bowe.Last week i found out i have a hemotoma with a wall on my left side.Dr. has me laying with a heating pad hoping it will dissolve into tissue, if not they will have to go in and drain.WONDERED IF ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD ANYTHING SIMILAR AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING TO DO TO HELP?THANK YOU! divin
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Unread 11-03-2007, 09:57 PM
How do I deal with hematoma?

Hi there!

I also had a large (19x9x4 cm.) hematoma on my abdominal wall, running along my incision. It wasn't discovered until I was almost 7 months post-op, and by then it had gotten all comfortable and wasn't going anywhere. They attempted to drain it three times, but it kept filling up with fluid -- so finally it was surgically removed right around my first hysterversary.

Here's what I learned about hematomas: They are collections of blood and other fluids (some almost all blood, some less so) which form near injury sites, sort of like bruises. They aren't the same as blood clots. However, they can be very painful.

Unless the hematoma is infected, docs will often try the watch-and-wait method to see if they will resolve (by reabsorbing) on their own. Fortunately, most hematomas do this.

This is why your doc is suggesting that you use the heat on it. In my case, the hematoma was too far down for heat to do any good.

I suspect that the docs have told you to do lots of rest and do no lifting. Don't even THINK about messing with the lifting restrictions! Also, watch yourself very carefully for signs of infection (nausea, fever, redness, etc.).

One of the reasons they don't just go in and drain the hematoma right away is this: because it's enclosed, as long as it isn't infected, it's safer to leave it in there than to open you up (even if it's just to introduce a drain) and leave you more vulnerable for infection.

If you're having lots of pain, don't be shy about asking for some good pain relief. Hematomas can be extremely uncomfortable, and you need your rest.

Hope this helps, and I hope you are feeling much better very soon. Let us know what happens, OK?
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Unread 11-03-2007, 10:19 PM
How do I deal with hematoma?

divin...I hope this brings you some comfort to know others are here for you...hopefully things will turn around for you!
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Unread 11-04-2007, 10:26 PM
How do I deal with hematoma?

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Originally Posted by mjd2491
Hi there!

I also had a large (19x9x4 cm.) hematoma on my abdominal wall, running along my incision. It wasn't discovered until I was almost 7 months post-op, and by then it had gotten all comfortable and wasn't going anywhere. They attempted to drain it three times, but it kept filling up with fluid -- so finally it was surgically removed right around my first hysterversary.

Here's what I learned about hematomas: They are collections of blood and other fluids (some almost all blood, some less so) which form near injury sites, sort of like bruises. They aren't the same as blood clots. However, they can be very painful.

Unless the hematoma is infected, docs will often try the watch-and-wait method to see if they will resolve (by reabsorbing) on their own. Fortunately, most hematomas do this.

This is why your doc is suggesting that you use the heat on it. In my case, the hematoma was too far down for heat to do any good.

I suspect that the docs have told you to do lots of rest and do no lifting. Don't even THINK about messing with the lifting restrictions! Also, watch yourself very carefully for signs of infection (nausea, fever, redness, etc.).

One of the reasons they don't just go in and drain the hematoma right away is this: because it's enclosed, as long as it isn't infected, it's safer to leave it in there than to open you up (even if it's just to introduce a drain) and leave you more vulnerable for infection.

If you're having lots of pain, don't be shy about asking for some good pain relief. Hematomas can be extremely uncomfortable, and you need your rest.

Hope this helps, and I hope you are feeling much better very soon. Let us know what happens, OK?
I have an internal one also and I was told it will most likely go away on its own. I am sorry you are in pain.
Janelle
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Unread 11-04-2007, 11:17 PM
How do I deal with hematoma?

I just had a dealing with a haematoma on Halloween night. However, mine didn't present itself as a bruise. Instead, it was on the interior wall near my incision and it came gushing out. It's nothing really bad to worry about but it is something to keep an eye on. Because mine didn't appear as a bruise and because it ruptured on it's own, the doctors just had a peak, cleaned me up, watched for more signs of bleeding, then sent me home on strict restrictions regarding activity levels. Most haematomas will actually dissipate on their own. I have has some vaginal bleeding since Wednesday but it is not nearly like the horror show that night. Haematomas don't happen to everyone but the doctor says it's not uncommon.

Pam
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