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Hematoma Above Incision...Am I being Paranoid?? Hematoma Above Incision...Am I being Paranoid??

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Unread 02-27-2008, 05:31 PM
Hematoma Above Incision...Am I being Paranoid??

I had an abdominal supercervial hysterectomy on 5 Feb. After the bandange was removed on 7 Feb, I noticed that my lower abdomin was swollen but couldn't see the incision site or anything underneath until I got home. When I did get the chance to look with a mirror, I noticed that the swelling was actual above the incision cite.

Last week at my 2-week post op appt, my doctor told me that I had a hematoma and that it would reabsorb naturally and not to worry about it. This is only my 3rd week post op but I am a little concerned. The hematoma has shrunk a little. It is getting softer, does not hurt nor is it hot to the touch. The incision site looks great...no drainage, bleeding or anything. The Dr. said it is normal considering the trauma the area went through because I had a lot of scar tissue from my previous c-section. My entire lower abdomin (just below the belly button and even on the sides) is slightly swollen and a little sore.

Does anyone have or had the same problem? If so, can I do anything that will help it absorb faster? Please tell me if I am being paranoid!!! I don't think I can take the news of having another surgery. I never had a flat stomach to begin with but I don't want to have an extra roll (along with the other normal lumps) on my stomach either.
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Unread 02-28-2008, 09:50 AM
Hematoma Above Incision...Am I being Paranoid??

Hi there! MJ, hematoma (((sister))), reporting for duty.

A hematoma is like a collection of blood under the skin -- sort of like a blood blister. It is one of those complications which usually seems more serious than it is. This is not to say it couldn't be serious, but as long as it isn't infected and is getting smaller, there's a good chance it will in fact reabsorb on its own.

It may take several weeks, or even months, for this process to happen. My doctors told me to avoid any straining at all, meaning no lifting or abdominal exercises . Of course, you're still on your post-op restrictions, so that doesn't really mean much to you!

Sometimes the will say it's a good idea to use moist heat (like a warm, wet washcloth) on the area. Do check with your doctor, though -- because that's not advised in all cases.

You're on the right track. Try to be patient. I'm sending healing thoughts and hugs your way.
Unread 02-28-2008, 11:24 AM
Hematoma Above Incision...Am I being Paranoid??

Thank you for responding, MJ. I was starting to think I was the only one who has ever had this problem. If it comes from straining, then it probably happened the day after my surgery when I could not keep not even the liquid foods down. I was a mess. I never felt that helpless in my life. I got the chance to test the "If you need help, pull string" device in the hospital bathroom. They were there very quickly!

Currently, the Dr. told me not to put anything on it. That is why I was getting a little paranoid because the nurse in the hospital put a moist washcloth on it after she took the dressing off. If it doesn't go down any more by the beginning of next week, I will contact the Dr. again.

I noticed on your history that you had a Open debridement of hematoma/seroma. What is that?

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