After having a vaginal hysterectomy a patient might experience decreased hematocrit levels. This may be due to a hematoma. A hematoma is an abnormal collection of blood outside of a blood vessel. It appears as a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissue. Hematoma is often a delayed complication of vaginal and abdominal hysterectomies. Hematoma is usually treated with rest, ice, and compression bandages when these things are able to be applied.
The hematoma will eventually go down on its own after some time. Hematomas are commonly referred to as bruises and are almost certainly something that most every person will experience in their lifetime.