Hysterectomy recovery exercises reduce your risk of common hysterectomy side effects and promote the speed of your recovery.
This Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist guide teaches you the exercises you need to know to prepare and recover from hysterectomy surgery.
This easy to read exercise guide is ideal for women who are preparing for or recovering from:
- Abdominal hysterectomy
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Radical hysterectomy
- Combined hysterectomy and prolapse surgery.
Hysterectomy Recovery Physical Therapy Exercises
Professional exercises and techniques for early hysterectomy recovery that help you:
- Move safely
- Minimise pain
- Prevent some major hysterectomy complications
- Manage and avoid common hysterectomy side effects (e.g. constipation, lower back pain, gas, bladder emptying)
- Minimise loss of fitness after surgery
- Resume appropriate activity after surgery.
Knowing and practicing these exercises prior to surgery will help your overall recovery. The exercises included in this guide are precribed routinely for women who are recovering from hysterectomy.
Section 1 Essential Exercises Immediately After Surgery
1. Deep Breathing Exercises
2. Protecting When You Cough
3. Circulation Exercises
Section II Moving Well After Hysterectomy
4. Bed Resting Position
5. How to Move in Bed
6. How to Move out of Bed
7. How to Return Back into Bed
8. Correct Standing Posture
9. Bed Exercises After Surgery
Section 111 Managing Your Bladder and Bowel
10. How to Empty Your Bowels After Hysterectomy
11. Exercises for Relieving Gas Pain After Hysterectomy
12. How to Empty Your Bladder After Hysterectomy
13. Troubleshooting Common Bladder Emptying Problems
Section IV Early Stage Exercise and Activity Guide
14. Walking Guide for After Hysterectomy
15. Techniques for Supporting Your Pelvic Floor
16. Short-Term Activity Guide for Home
Post-Operative Hysterectomy Complications and Side Effects
Having a hysterectomy increases the risks of some serious post-operative complications and common side effects.
- Serious post-operative complications include blood clots in the lungs and bladder problems
- Common side effects include pain and difficulty moving, constipation, gas (wind) pain, bladder emptying difficulties and lower back pain
- Short-term problems include decreased strength, fitness and flexibility
- Long-term problems may include prolapse and bladder complications.
Fortunately these hysterectomy complications and common side effects can be avoided or readily managed with the Physical Therapy exercises and techniques outlined in this book.
Benefits of Early Exercise After Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy Recovery teaches you simple Physical Therapy exercises to help you:
- Avoid chest complications
- Move safely after your surgery
- Minimise discomfort moving
- Relieve lower back pain and stiffness
- Empty your bowels and bladder
- Relieve gas pain
- Protect your pelvic floor
- Maintain fitness and minimise physical deterioration
- Return safely to home activities
- Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist exercises
- Colour illustrations
- 38 pages
- ISBN 978-0-646-99101-6
About the Author
Michelle Kenway is an Australian Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, author of the Inside Out series of books and exercise DVDs and women’s exercise leader. Michelle has extensive private practice and hospital-based experience. She has lectured widely to health professionals and promotes community health through her writing, radio segments, online exercise videos and presentations to community groups. Michelle holds dual post graduate physiotherapy qualifications in women’s health and exercise and she is passionate about helping women to exercise and stay active for their physical and emotional well being.
Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises Book 1 is part of the internationally acclaimed Inside Out series of books and exercise DVDs. Inside Out the first book in this series was identified as a key resource for the Australian Continence Foundations’ National Exercise and the Pelvic Floor Project.
The Inside Out pelvic floor recovery and safe exercise series provides women with professional guidance for pelvic floor strengthening, how to choose appropriate fitness and strength exercises to avoid pelvic floor injury and minimize the risk of worsening pelvic floor conditions. This series includes exercise resources for women suffering from prolapse, after prolapse surgery, incontinence and hysterectomy recovery.