All women experience bleeding after a hysterectomy, but it is important to know what is normal and what is not normal. It is normal to have some bleeding for several days up to several weeks after a hysterectomy as sutures dissolve and the tissue heals. As this new tissue is forming, both light and heavy bleeding can be normal. But bleeding after a hysterectomy can also be a sign that you are doing too much activity too soon. If extensive strain is being put on the healing tissue, you could cause the surrounding area to pull and potentially irritate the surrounding areas, which may cause abnormal bleeding.
In the beginning healing stages consistent bleeding is normal. Signs of abnormal bleeding after a hysterectomy in the initial stages may be bright red blood or having to use more than one pad in an hour. After the first few weeks, most women experience light spotting that is typically more pink. Spotting may increase around four weeks when the sutures begin to dissolve. Spotting may increase as a sign of increased activity, in which case it is important to check in with your doctor. If bleeding is as heavy as a menstrual period and lasts more than six weeks, it is important to see a doctor as well.
At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, we encourage all women to monitor their bodies carefully after a hysterectomy and take the the proper amount of time that is necessary to heal. If you have any questions regarding bleeding after a hysterectomy, please visit our website for more information at nvscc.com or call us at 702-739-6467.