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Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing? Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

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Unread 02-21-2012, 11:43 AM
Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

At my 2 wk post op, my surgeon said I might/might see some light pink bleeding between then and my 6 wk op appt, although she also noted that as I have not had any bleeding/discharge since my surgery, I might not. I see so many posts on here about the pinkish discharge, etc, does anyone know if you DONT have the discharge, does it mean the vaginal cuff stitches are not healing? Probably being paranoid, but just wondering. Thanks for any input.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 12:25 PM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

Discharge is just something that some people have and others don't. I had very little. Some people see their stitches come out others don't. It doesn't mean that they didn't heal up and come out, just that they weren't noticeable. Most people have them come out about week 3 so you still may. It also wouldn't be unusual for you to have some discharge in a few weeks. As long as it's not bright red and heavy it is normal.

Just count yourself lucky!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 12:27 PM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

I'm 3 weeks post op and alittle discharge last week but no bleeding at all since surgery day. Doctor did an internal exam and said I'm healing nicely so I'm sure u are fine!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 12:34 PM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

Thanks ladies! I appreciate your responses - I do feel lucky to have had no discharge or bleeding to date, but wouldn't feel so lucky if it means I'm not healing!!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 01:02 PM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

So funny you posted this.. I was just worried about the opposite.. Does it mean I am not healing well 3 weeks post op because I still have a near constant slight discharge since day one..
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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:48 AM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

gmac, I don't think its a problem. Many women seem to have discharge for the first several weeks. As long as it's not bright red and heavy or really foul smelling, not just odd, it is just part of the healing. If you aren't sure, call your dr.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 08:55 AM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

Girls, I am now 7 weeks post-op from my Da Vinci hyster which I never had any spotting with, but I am 5 weeks post-op from a vaginal laproscopic procedure which I have spotted from day one. I started seeing my stitches come out with the pinkish discharge at week 4 of the second surgery. Then I had no spotting at all for a couple of days and then it started again but mainly when I wipe, not really on my pantyliner.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:47 AM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

I am only 6 days post op from my DVH and have had no bleeding or discharge at all. I think it is different for everyone. My doc said I bled 'very little' during surgery which he thought was good. Don't know if that has anything to do with it. I wouldn't worry - just feel lucky.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 09:54 AM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

I am 6 weeks post op today and I have not had any discharge or spotting since day 1. I had my appointment last week and my doctor did an internal exam. She said my stitches were still intact even though my cuff was healed, but she used a more durable kind and that they should start dissolving within the week. I'm going to consider myself lucky. I don't go back until October so if i dont see anything I will assume they dissolved unless my hubby detects them during sex.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 10:25 AM
Re: Does absence of bleeding/discharge mean stitches are not healing?

I had no spotting/discharge until day six. That day I was seen by my DR because I just didn't feel right. I felt very bloated and painful. At my exam, my DR stated that the swelling was from overdoing which aggravated the post op swelling. When I got home, I was standing in my living room when I felt that all too familiar gush. I freaked out a bit because I was sure I was bleeding to death. In the bathroom, the gush turned out to be a significant amount of the light brown, nasty discharge. It actually streamed out of me for a few seconds (sorry : / ) After this, however, I felt immediate relief from the symptoms that brought me to the DR. I called my DR back to tell her this and she said that pockets of fluid get trapped from the swelling and as the swelling decreases, fluid can be released. I had this until about week 3.5 decreasing daily. I never once saw a stitch. Everyone is so different. Listen to your body. If you feel off, get checked out.
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