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

Perianal Hematoma | Hemorrhoid or Hematoma? | Ouch That Hurts!


Ouch That Hurts! But What is it? What is a Fistula?

In many cases a perianal hematoma is misdiagnosed as an external hemorrhoid.

Do you know the difference between a perianal hematoma and an external hemorrhoid?

If you are unsure, you should really visit a physician – hemorrhoids and hematoma’s can have very similar symptoms, and can be difficult to diagnose.

Hemorrhoids and Hematoma’s are not the same two conditions and do not call for the same treatment

  • A hemorrhoid is a vein that has enlarged and taken some of the surrounding tissue with it
  • A perianal hematoma occurs when a vein ruptures and leaks blood into the surrounding tissue

When that surrounding tissue fills with that blood, it causes a swelling to rise usually  on the outer part of the anus.

A perianal hematoma must have the blood removed, by syringe if the blood has not clotted yet or by a simple incision if it has.

When dealing with a simple perianal hematoma, the incision usually heals cleanly and without stitches, perhaps only leaving a skin tag behind if anything.

Video Player: Perianal Hematomas and Fistulas

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What is a Perianal Hematoma (Hematoma of the Anus)

A perianal hematoma is a type of hematoma located in, or on the border of the anus.

First of all a hematoma is basically a bruise, a pooling of blood in the tissues outside blood vessels. A perianal hematoma is a hematoma on the border of the anus. A perianal hematoma is caused by the rupture of a vein in or around the anus, this may happen during lifting something heavy or even coughing.

The blood can be removed after a short period of time by a syringe, however if left too long the blood will clot making this form of treatment impossible. Once a clot has formed, simple surgery under local anesthesia can be used to remove it manually. Usually an incision caused in this manner is not stitched and is instead left to heal on its own. This is fine because such surgical wounds heal up completely.

What is A Fistula or Anal Abscess?

Small cavities in your anus can get filled with pus and form an anal abscess. We have glands just inside the anus (dogs love to sniff these) and these can get clogged – perhaps becoming infected and an abscess may form. An anal fistula is caused from the result of a prior abscess. They are not a hematoma, which are generally caused by trauma or surgery.

Taking Care of Your Perianal Hematoma

It is important to take care when having a perianal hematoma removed surgically.  Allowing fecal matter to get in the wound, can lead to all sorts of infections; which can complicate things further.