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

Subdural Hematoma Complications

My 49 year old brother with down’s syndrome had evacuation of a subdural hematoma 8 weeks ago. He continues to have periods of extreme weakness and screaming episodes. His follow-up CT is negative for changes. I have heard so many different stories about how long his recovery will take.

When he first came home he was functioning better than he is now. Currently, he is unable to take care of any hygiene needs, dress himself or even feed himself. He was able to do all these things before. What expectations should I have regarding his recovery knowing his course will be different from the average man his age?