A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and/or the cervix and is used to treat several conditions, therefore the recovery from the surgery depends heavily on the type of procedure performed.
Risk of prolapse
Following a hysterectomy some women develop pelvic organ prolapse. Before a hysterectomy the bladder, urethra, vagina and uterus are all attached to the pelvic walls by a system of connective tissue, fascia and ligaments. When the uterus is removed an element of this supportive structure is also removed which can cause some women to experience a pelvic organ prolapse.
Symptoms of a prolapse
A prolapse is where one or more of the pelvic organs, or the vagina itself falls into the vaginal opening. Common signs and symptoms of a prolapse can include:
A strong pelvic floor is key to avoiding a prolapse. As a start try these two exercises that are gentle on the pelvis post hysterectomy.
It is also important to support your pelvic floor in your everyday activities following a hysterectomy. Using your core breath always exhale on effort, no matter the activity, to protect and stabilise the pelvic floor and abdominal walls.
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