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After surgery, it is common to have some minor bleeding from the cut (incision) made by your doctor. But problems may occur that cause you to bleed too much.
An injury to a blood vessel can cause bleeding after surgery. Other causes include medicines such as aspirin or anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Your doctor examined you to find the cause of the bleeding. You may have had imaging tests, such as a CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound.
To help stop the bleeding, your doctor probably put pressure on the area and may have sewn up or cauterized (sealed) the incision. Your doctor also may have given you medicines that help stop the bleeding.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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