I had a hysterectomy recently and have noticed some vaginal bleeding, what should I do?
This is a very common scenario. After any vaginal hysterectomy, or laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy substantial vaginal discharge will be noticed postoperatively because the suture closing the vagina is exposed to the vaginal environment. As that suture dissolves, bleeding may be noted from a skin edge. This is usually not an emergency. Either wait until a follow-up appointment or call for a sooner follow-up. The surgeon can treat the skin edges with a chemical which will resolve the problem. Total laparoscopic hysterectomy and abdominal hysterectomy patients typically experience less discharge but, can experience the same bleeding postoperatively and will typically be treated in the clinic. If the bleeding is brisk, we recommend going to the emergency room.