Bleeding after hysterectomy: What's normal?

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Bleeding after hysterectomy: What's normal?

Question

Is vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy common? How long should it last?

Marisol
California

Answer

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy is common for the first four to six weeks after the procedure, as the sutures dissolve and the tissue heals. Generally, vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy should be light. You may notice occasional spotting or a pink discharge. If bleeding after hysterectomy is as heavy as a menstrual period or lasts longer than six weeks, consult your doctor for an evaluation.

Last Updated: 2010-09-18
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