Treatment for Hematomas
Should a hematoma occur after surgery, treatment may not be needed if the hematoma is minor. If the hematoma is large, though, the blood may need to be surgically removed, to allow the area to heal properly. Although most hematomas resolve on their own, after a few days, as the collection of blood dissolves, surgery may be required to allow the area to properly drain.
For minor cases of hematomas, the affected area can often be treated at home. Hematomas respond well to hot compresses. Applying hot compresses to the area will increase blood circulation. As a result, the accumulation of blood will be dissolved more quickly, allowing the area to heal. If the area is inflamed, anti-inflammatories can be used. Pain medications can also be used, as long as they do not contain aspirin, because aspirin can cause bleeding to worsen.
If a hematoma does not resolve within a few days, or if the area becomes hard and painful to touch, medical attention should be sought to reduce the risk of infection or damage to surrounding tissues.