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Postoperative Bleeding


Postoperative bleeding is bleeding after surgery. The incision may bleed, but bleeding can also occur inside the body. The bleeding may start immediately, or several days after surgery. Postoperative bleeding can become life-threatening.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You feel anxious or confused.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Blood soaks through the bandage covering your incision.
  • Your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
  • You are breathing faster than normal for you, or you feel short of breath.
  • You are urinating less than usual, or not at all.
  • Your skin feels cool and clammy.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.