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Unread 12-11-2007, 09:05 AM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

HI ladies,
Your hematoma sister here. So far, I haven't heard from anyone that actually successfully had a hematoma resolve on it's own!

I'm begging you, if you have, please tell me about it so I know it is possible, and I can estimate how long it will take to get my life back! Dr. keeps telling me to wait. I'm 10 lbs lighter, 2 sizes bigger, and I can't put anything around my abdomen, not to mention not being able to walk without pain after 4 weeks!
What is a girl to do?

TAH/BSO 11/13/07
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Unread 12-11-2007, 09:57 AM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

Hi Patty It varies a lot from woman to woman. I didn't have a hematoma with my hysterectomy, but I did have one after breast surgery last year. It took quite a while for it to soften and start to disappear; then gradually the cavity became a seroma (filled with clearish fluid rather than blood) which is slowly, slowly resolving. Even a year later, there is still some tenderness there and a small hard spot which my DR insists will eventually go away.

Some women do end up having to have them drained, but sometimes they really do resolve on their own. I hope yours does.

Unread 12-11-2007, 10:35 AM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

Have you tried heating pad, long, hot sowers, warm washcloth? These are the things my doc has told me to do to help the hematoma/seroma reabsorb. Although what we originally thought was a hematoma was also a seroma (fluid build up under incision). It is very painful as the fluid causes pressure just like the hematoma. The suggestions from my surg is for both. Yesterday he opened the incision (just a small opening) and used a long qtip to create a tunnel (no, it wasn't pleasant) and about 2 cups came out. Sorry TMI, and I felt much better with the releif of pressure. Hang in there sister!
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Unread 12-11-2007, 10:36 AM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

My doctor thinks that I have one and that mine is draining on its own (because I've had bloody discharge since Friday of last week). I saw her yesterday and she did a pelvic exam and even though I was very tender she looked and my vaginal cuff is healing nicely. Also, she told me that if I would have jumped off the table when she touched me she'd have known I had an infection. They also took some blood yesterday and are checking my counts to see if an infection may be brewing because I do have abdominal pain. I didn't have a hard lump anywhere to be noticed but I do still feel like I'm suffering through a period because of the cramping I feel. That could also be in part to me healing from the surgery. After all its only been just over 3 wks for me. Did you read the 3-4wk post op checkpoints? Alot of my symptoms are very similar to what they describe there.

I'd stay in close contact with your doctor!

Hope you feel better soon!

P.S. I also use a corn bag (heated) to put on my tummy when it hurts...this does seem to help. I also use it on my back as it too wants to get on the pain bandwagon these days!
Unread 12-11-2007, 10:52 AM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

Well I will let you know Monday if mine is getting smaller. I had a Cat scan Saturday to check on the progress of mine. I do think it is absorbing because every day that pain seems to be lessening. There is hope! I see my doctor on Monday and hopefully I get good news. I will pray you get relief soon.
Unread 12-11-2007, 12:14 PM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

I have tried the heating pad, warm wash cloths and hot showers. It's great as long as I stay in bed. As soon as I get up, sitting, standing or walking, it just grows, so it must have progressed to the sertoma thing with gaining fluids.... I can't be bleeding that much! although I do get dizzy every time I stand up.

Still wanting someone to tell me it won't take a year to be able to do what I used to do!!!
Unread 12-11-2007, 02:21 PM
hematoma resolving on it's own, does it really happen?

Hi Patty,
My Doc thought I had a lower left abdominal hematoma. I had so much pain at 2+ weeks post op. My bowels and bladder had to be empty for me to get relief. He thought it would resolve on it's own and it has. I'm very relieved.

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