Question: I had a total hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. Days 10-14 after surgery I had some very mild vaginal bleeding. Then on day 15-23 (today) I had bleeding like menstrual spotting. Everything in my paper works says to contact a doctor if heavy bleeding. It doesn’t say anything about light bleeding for several days. How long is this supposed to last? And is this normal?
What is Hysterectomy ?
Hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure, which involves the removal of the uterus. Some amount of bleeding after hysterectomy surgery is common and normal.Don’t worry.
- Simply considering the magnitude of the hysterectomy procedure, some amount of bleeding is inevitable. However if you have undergone a subtotal hysterectomy (i.e. partial removal of the uterus), you will experience regular menstrual cycles as before, if you have not achieved your menopausal status.
- Upto 6-8 weeks post hysterectomy surgery, the bleeding may be moderate to mild (in form of spotting). This bleeding will ideally reduce as the days pass by and this indicates that the healing process is taking place.
- Heavy bleeding however is not a good sign. You should contact your gynecologist immediately. Bright red blood is an indication of fresh blood draining out through an active source.
- If you have been prescribed aspirin by your physician (which is commonly prescribed for patients with heart conditions) bleeding will occur. This is because aspirin causes the blood to become thinner, prevents easy homeostasis, which causes the continued bleeding after hysterectomy.
- Avoid physical relations for a period of 6-8 weeks till you completely recover.
- A combination of Arnica Montana 3x and Ruta Graveolens 3x, taken every 3 hours, will not only reduce the pain and bleeding but will also promote healing.