Post Surgical Hematoma | Hematoma After Surgery

What is a Post Surgical Hematoma?


A Post Surgical Hematoma is a pocket of blood that gathers in a post-surgical site. Often times it is a necessity to drain a hematoma.

While it is very undesirable, it is usually non-life threatening.

Let’s learn more, but feel free to join the conversation, and add your own experiences with post surgical Hematoma’s.

Before completing a procedure, a surgeon makes sure that all bleeding vessels are closed and cauterized before closing a wound.

If the cauterization fails, it allows vessels to bleed and create a resevoir of blood surrounding the site of the operation, causing a hematoma after surgery. You can see many examples in the videos below.

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Learn more about post surgical hematoma complications.

Hematoma’s After Surgery Can Include:

  1. Scrotal Hematoma
  2. Face-Lift Hematoma after plastic surgery procedure
  3. Hematoma after c-section and c-section pain
  4. Vaginal Hematoma – often from giving birth
  5. Hematoma from a tummy tuck
  6. Hematoma after Pace Maker Insertion
  7. Breast Hematoma after breast augmentation
  8. Hematoma After Pacemaker Operation
  9. Perianal Hematoma
  10. Craniotomy Hematoma

Doctor Not Draining Hematoma?

If your Doctor is resisting draining your Hematoma, it is probably for a reason. What should you do to reduce the pain? Visit our comment section on not draining a Hematoma to learn more.

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The Following may Increase the Risk for a Hematoma After Surgery:

  1. Recurrent falls
  2. Repeated head injuries
  3. Anticoagulant medication (blood thinners, including aspirin)
  4. Old age
Taking aspirin and other over the counter blood thinners prior to surgury, can increase the likelihood of a hematoma.  Talk to your doctor first, but we recommend avoiding aspirin to prevent a hematoma after surgery.

See this blog about a disabled person struggling with a Hematoma.

Post Surgical Hematoma’s usually dissolve within 48 hours

More complicated hematomas may require additional surgery by re-opening the wound to drain the resevoir of blood and clamping down on the bleeding vessels.

Post Surgical Hematoma
Post Surgical Hematoma

Breast Hematoma | Implants | What To Do After Surgery?


Many women get a post surgical hematoma in the breast after breast augmentation.

What to Look for After Breast Implants

You may be wondering how to even identify a Hematoma. Where on the breast would it be?

If after surgery, you wake up one morning and your breast suddenly becomes large, hard, tense or tender, it is very possible that have a hematoma in the breast.

It will usually be close to the surgical incision.

What to do Once You Find a Hematoma in the Breast

Don’t panic, but contact your doctor immediately. Your breast hematoma must be drained as soon as possible to avoid capsule contracture. Smaller sized bruises may not require treatment, but larger bruising suggest a breast hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood or blood clot in the area near the implant.

Videos Related To Breast Hematomas

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Best to play it safe. If you have had a breast implant, visit your doctor and show him what you think is your breast hematoma.

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Pain From a C Section – Hematoma Possible?

C Section Pain from HematomaIf you are experiencing pain or complications from a cesarean section (c section), you are not alone.

It takes nearly 4 weeks for a c section to heal. It is common to have pains in the incision area for up to twelve months.

Many women suffer from sharp stabbing pains in the the lower abdomen post surgery, but they often diminish with time.

Sometimes you can get scarring, adhesion’s, and fibroids which may cause pain in the area of the c-section operation.

It is possible to get hematomas in this stomach region after surgery.

Video Player: C Sections and Hematomas

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Preventing C Section Pain


You should be in the hospital for up to three days after a c section, so take it easy, and don’t rush things. You will be asked and should start walking a little soon the day after surgery.  Try and increase your stamina a little every day – take the slow steady path.

  1. Do not participate in strenuous activities for 6 weeks or until your doctor gives the go ahead
  2. It is ok to shower but dry off wound area quickly after washing
  3. Since you will have some bleeding, Use sanitary pads and not tampons until your doctor gives the go ahead
  4. Eat your normal Diet – perhaps adding some fiber
  5. Drink lots of liquids as usual
  6. Sex?  Wait awhile and talk to your Physician about this sensitive matter

Long Term C Section Risks including Hematoma After C Section

Some women have been known to have Hematoma’s years after a c-section.  This can feel like a knife slicing into you, and ofter requires draining to heal.

Also, ask your doctor about:

  1. Allergic reactions to anastesia during c section
  2. Vomiting during a c-section
  3. Bleeding after c-section
  4. Recovery Time after c section

Avoiding C-Section is Best Way to Avoid Long Term C Section Pain

Natural birth, while it might appear painful, is gods natural way of delivering children into this world.  Trying to avoid that pain up front, could lead to long term issues like a Hematoma After C Section.  There are ways to naturally prepare and control yourself during labor.

This can often be a tough decision for a women.

Just remember, you are not alone – all life before us has been born in the same way.  I like to recommend a good mid-wife or Doula ( someone who provides non-medical support to women and family before, during and after childbirth.  This kind of help can prevent C section pain.

C Section Pain Video Library

Learn about the pain from c sections from others below: