Excercise after rectocele op.

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Hi everyone.... I'm just wondering what kind of excercise we can do now we've had this surgery! Obviously, I don't mean right now.... I'm only 4 weeks post op. I used to love kick boxing and Zumba and also a bit of running. I've got my head around the idea that I'm probably not going to be able to do that level of high impact fitness 😞 But I need to do something! Any ideas? 😊

Also, I've had my perineum repaired too.... it seems to be taking ages to heal properly. I don't feel any stitches there now... but on the left hand side and going into my vagina slightly.... it stings like a cut. No blood or anything... it's just uncomfy. 

Thanks ladies xxx

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    I do not think Zumba would be ok. My Specialist told me. After my anterior repair that even running is out forever. And my prolapse wasn't even that bad. Your specialist is the one who knows your pelvic floor better than anybody so really you should ask them. My Urogynae said walking is plenty enough and even without a repair, he said we shouldn't be pounding pavements. He said it jolts far more than just pelvic floor and is not good on most people's joints either. 

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      Thanks Robyn,

      So frustrating trying to find something to do exercise wise! There isn't a lot is there? 😞

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      Yes unfortunately. And who wants to have to have repeat surgery when there's ways of minimizing further damage. My Specialist said brisk walking is far better for your whole body. 

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      Agree with Robyn, unfortunately if your pelvic floor has failed it's because it is weak and therefore you need to protect it from down pressure. The surgery fixes the sagging walls by trimming sagging tissue and pulling wall tight, but that doesn't fix the failed ligaments that would normally help to support the pelvic floor organs.

                        I am almost 2 years post op and can swim and walk in moderation, but can still overdo things easily. 

                     I have attempted cycling on a few occasions but again can so easily overdo things, if the wind is against you the resistance causes down pressure or even a slight gradient can cause too much downbeat pressure so got to be careful. It is a fine balance between keeping a fit and healthy heart and protecting pelvic floor from further damage.

                       I might be wrong but I believe that each time the pelvic floor fails it weakens more each time and although they repair it it is never as strong as it was before repair.

                     So my advise is to be careful as once recovered that's as good as it's going to get and any down pressure is just going to make things worse.

                         We can't stop living our lives the best we can, and I know it is difficult especially when many of us have been very active but not worth taking chances.

            Phyl x


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