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

9% of ICD and Pacemaker Patients Have Complications Like Hematomas


Noninfectious complications occur in nearly 9% of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker devices.

Newer devices like the cardiac re-synchronization defibrillators have an even higher incidence of complications like hematomas and dislodgment.

Clinical Trials on Pacemaker Complications and Hematomas

In a study funded by Guidant Corp., “One third of the patients with complications had to undergo intervention procedures,” said Didier Klug, MD, from Cardiologist University of Lille in France. “Patients who underwent re – intervention procedures had 12 times the risk of infection than patients not faced with a second procedure,” he noted.

“This is a good paper that looks at the noninfectious complications of pacing and defibrillators,” commented Harry Mond, MD, session chair and associate professor of medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville, Australia. “It also brought to light the need for adequate procedures to prevent extrusions.”

Dr. Klug said “The study showed that the most common complications in patients undergoing device implantation were hematoma and lead dislodgement”.  Other complications included  impending extrusion, threshold elevation, and extrusion.

Currently, ICDs have a less than 10% complication rate, while CRT-Ds have about an overall 20% complication rate, he said.

Great Video on the Pacemaker Implantation Procedure – Prevent Pacemaker Complications

Document Highlight: The management of surgical complications of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators