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Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible? Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

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Unread 07-23-2009, 07:20 PM
Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

My hysterectomy was about 12 weeks ago. I had some complications with post op internal bleeding which has resulted in two large abdominal hematomas. They are causing alot of abdominal pressure and would like to know how to ressolve them as quick as possible. I want to get back to working out at the gym to get in shape but am scared with the hematoms.
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Unread 07-23-2009, 10:04 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

Does anyone have any information on Post hysterectomy hemotomas? Does massage help ressolve? What method is used to remove sugically?

Unread 07-23-2009, 10:29 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

What does your doctor say?
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Unread 07-23-2009, 11:16 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

The original scan showed the size to be 3.5 inch X 3.5 inch X 4 inch two weeks later the size 2 X 2 X @ inch. He has said it is ressolving on its own. But it has not changed since then 3 weeks later.

I am just keen to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Unread 07-24-2009, 12:24 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

Concerned 2009,

I'm so sorry you are having a hard time! I too had post op bleeding and problems with hematomas. They are resolving on their own but it sure does take time. I have two left that are right around the size of yours. The only way to remove them is to drain them, (if they are still liquid enough), or go in surgically and clean them out. I wish I had let the dr. remove them surgically weeks ago when she suggested it. Now the ct scan shows that they are resolving (slowly but surely), so she doesn't want to go back in.

I've heard that heat and massage does help to break them up. Massage is hard though because they hurt. I'm just taking meds for the pain and letting my body do it's thing. I did read on here that someone had hers drained and it helped so much. Don't know if you are passt tht point now or not. Mine are to hard now. I would check with your doctor to see what the game plan is. I did read that if they don't absorb they can turn into scar tissue, and sometimes cause adhesions. Not sure about that but if it's true I certainly want to make sure everything gets re-absorbed.

I wish I could be more help. It seems there is no magic answer out there about this. At least you can know you are not alone. Is it painful for you to work out still. Maybe the activity in that area will spur some action. I too have not worked out since the surgery and am thinking of at least trying some crunches. Maybe it will help get them moving along quicker.
Unread 07-24-2009, 01:44 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

My doctor told me to use heat packs & advil for mine. They seem to be resolving themselves, but I was told it will take a while. I am alot more comfortable after using the hot packs.
Unread 07-24-2009, 05:08 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

Hello there Hyster Sisiters,

thanks for the replies. It certainly helps to know there is someone out there that understands.

I have not done any exercise yet other than walking. I did have another set back e few weeks back. They discovered gallstones and I have had to have my gallbladder removed. That surgery went very well no dramas.

My hematomas are the only issue now. I am just not sure if I should insist that they be removed so I can get back to normal. I am just frusrated after 11 weeks.
It is encouraging that someone on line has had this done with great results. I suppose I will just wait until I see my specialist in mid August.

I am very tender just under my belly button which is where one of the hematomas is located. Probably lots of heling internally still going on as well.
Unread 07-25-2009, 11:36 AM
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Hi Concerned,

It looks like we are about at the same weeks out. It sounds like yours are located kind of in the same are as well. I still am very sore between my belly button and pelvic bone. The biggest problem with having these things removed is that it is surgery again which of course can cause more problems, or more hematomas. Letting them resolve is really the lesser of two evils. It's just very frustrating and really hurts. I have a question. Is any feeling REALLY achy in their muscles? I don't know if it is from the hematomas or not, but most of the achiness is in my legs and hips, stomach and lower back. Maybe they are pushing on some nerves in there or some muscles. That started about a few weeks ago and does not seem to be getting better. It's very frustrating. I just want to feel good again. I know I'll be there one day, I'm just hoping for sooner rather than later,

Take care all!
Unread 07-25-2009, 04:17 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?


I am getting pain and a numbness in the top of my right thigh. I think the hematomas are putting pressure on the nerve.
There is a nerve ther called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, I know this because I have it decompressed last year after an injury from a cycling accident. I am sure this op has damaged or comprimised that nerve again. It causes pain and numbeness in my hip and thigh.

I am hoping they can still remove my hematomas but it is 11 weeks on and the may be to solid now. I do not see my surgeon fro another week to find out so it is a tireless waiting game.

Nice to have some on-line friends to talk to and compare stories and symptoms.

We all wonder if we will ever get back to normal but I suppose if I think back 6 weeks I have come a long way with my recovery.

When you had your scan did they tell you where the hematomas where. Maybe check which nerves are there and you will find that the hematomas are pressing on the nerves in that area. But still the waiting game.

Take Care
Unread 08-09-2009, 10:43 PM
Re: Hematoma - how can I get this to resolve as soon as possible?

I'm 5 1/2 wks out and dr told me I had a hematoma when I was checked at 4 wks but didn't seem worried about it. It still hurts like heck in my lower right abdomen.

What happens when a hematoma turns solid? I know they can't drain it anymore, but will it just resolve on it's own?

I'm calling the dr tomorrow b/c this sucker hurts.

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