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Unread 12-07-2011, 10:14 PM
Change in bleeding post-op 2 1/2 wks

I am post-op 2 1/2 weeks (3 weeks this Friday). I continue to have a...um...discharge (I guess). It's not bloody. It's more like brownish. (I know, it's gross) However, I am concerned I may have done too much too soon. Yesterday I went to the store with my mother and without thinking I opened and closed the trunk on my van. It isn't heavy. Now I am sore and feel different. Also, within the last few days my belly seems to be more swollen than usual. On top of it all, my sister informs me I am not supposed to bend at the waist. I am scared and confused.
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Unread 12-08-2011, 06:57 AM
Re: Change in bleeding post-op 2 1/2 wks



I can understand your concerns...it is always scary when we start feeling "different". The brownish discharge is pretty common. Many doctors describe it as "old blood" and it is pretty normal for it to happen. It is also common for women to have actual bleeding (red) around the 3 to 5 week mark. This is about the time that the internal stitches are starting to dissolve and this can cause some slight bleeding, so be on the look out for that as well.

The swelling in your belly is normal as well....we call it swelly belly and it can last for awhile. Every woman is different, but in my case, it actually lasted about 4 to 5 months. I could still get into jeans, but at the end of the day, I couldn't wait to get back into my jammies.

You may want to double check your discharge instructions to see what sort of restrictions your doctor has for you. Every is different as well, but your sister could be right about no bending. I was told no bending, twisting, lifting, pushing, pulling, squatting, or kneeling. We had different types of hysterectomies, but we still had the same things removed. It is a good idea to have a good understanding of what you can and cannot do during the recovery process.

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