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i have hematoma after gallbladder surgery. don't know how big it is. how long does it usually take for the body to absorb it and why does it happen?

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Dr. Adeshola Ezeokoli
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Hematoma: This simply means a collection of blood. This is cause by bleeding into a space an the blood cannot get out. The body usually absorbs this blood over time. How long it takes depends on the size
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
About Six Weeks: Hematomas are quite common after surgery.It is just collection of blood which gets clotted after the surgery and with time liquefies and gets absorped in the blood stream. Most hematomas do not require any treatment and resolve by itself.But sometime if they are large and pressing on some organ/ structure or it gets infected,then it has to be drained and treated appropriately.Discuss with Surgeon

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