How long after knee surgery can I expect to recover from hematoma in my knee?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 27, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

How long after full knee surgery and rehab can I expect to recover from a hematoma in my knee? I had the operation done June 18 and i still have considerable swelling and pain.

Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Hematomas, also known as bruises, are caused by blood collecting in an area of the body. During surgery, damage to surrounding blood vessels can cause hematomas to form in the surgical site. Other causes of surgical hematomas are blood thinning medications, which increase the likelihood of bleeding.

Usually, hematomas that develop from surgery will subside and disappear within a few weeks. If the hematoma is severe, it may take longer. Again, if you are on blood thinners (like lovenox, heparin, coumadin, or aspirin), this may be making your problem worse, so you can ask your surgeon about this.

To help your pain, I would recommend pain medications, as well as cold compresses/ice bags to reduce the swelling. Also, keep doing your rehab exercises, as they will help the knee get stronger and heal. Good luck!

Community Answers

Ruthreynolds193 answered...

Ice bags or cold compress can do the trick to remove hematoma in your knee. Do not move excessively as this may contribute to the blood formation.

You can take medications to remove the pain, and hot or cold compress for the swelling.

If the pain persists for months already, I recommend that you ask your orthopedic surgeon about it. I also had hematoma and Dr. Max Greig, a top orthopedic surgeon in Mexico ( recommended ice bags and I’m so thankful that it was gone after 3 weeks of sticking to ice bag habit.