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Vaginal Bleeding after Hysterectomy Overview

What is vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy?
A small amount of vaginal bleeding is normal after a hysterectomy. Most women experience vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy during the first 2 weeks. Heavy vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy is rare, and requires an evaluation. Causes of heavy vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy include wound dehiscence and vaginal injury.

What are the symptoms of vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy?
Symptoms that may occur with vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy include lower abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, and faintness.

How does the doctor treat vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy?
The treatment for vaginal bleeding after hysterectomy may include bed rest and pain medication. Additional treatment for severe vaginal bleeding may include blood transfusions and surgery.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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