So after my surgery I'm had off and on light bleeding, and today 12 days later it started back again. I saw my doctor for my first post op visit 4 days ago, and nothing he saw seemed to worry him at that time, but I also was not bleeding then on that day either. I push myself in PT and when doing my exercises at home and I believe it is possible that this is causing the main incision to bleed. But are the scabs just coming off, or is it reopening?
There is a big lump around this incision which got huge about 5 days ago, but now appears to be going down. Yesterday was my first day really back to work and I was on my feet more than usual. I didn't notice any real bleeding however when I got home. However I then had my wife massage my legs before bed, then I put on ice. In the morning every thing I had used in darkness during the night had some blood on it. Not tons of it, but still blood. It's the weekend so I can't contact my doctor or the medical center where I go to for treatment. So I have a question. Should I be changing the steri strips?? Putting a gauze pad under a band-aid, or putting a gauze pad over the steri strips? Am I cleaning the area or leaving it alone? I've heard so many different ideas and I'm not sure what to do.
Please help, as I am a little concerned.