Exercising

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Hey ???? I'm nine weeks post op and I'd like to start exercising again...what am I able to do? Can I go running for example or do I need to stick to walking?

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    Hi LIsa

    Running is classed as high impact, a Physiotherapist would recommend you stick to low impact exercise. No crunches, sit ups or leg lifts - its just too much pressure on your pelvic floor.

    Swimming, cycling, walking, pilates & yoga are all good - but check out Safe exercises for prolpase from a Physiotherapist called Michelle Kenway. She is great, sound advice you need to follow because 30% of prolapse operations will replrolaspe, so please strengthen up and be pelvic floor aware to make your surgery last.

    Hope this helps

    Stephanie

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    You need to discuss this with your GP or consultant. We don't know how well you've healed or if all your sutures have dissolved. 9 weeks is early to start any high impact or strenuous exercise. Have you had a post op check? If not then that's the time to discuss it with your consultant.

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    My excellent Urogynae told me at post-op check that once you've had a repair that he does not ever recommend running again. It isn't good on weak pelvic floors as you are pounding along. Quick walking once you're fit again, for a good length of time is all he ever wants done. Running jolts lots of body unnecessarily. Depends what age a bit too but it wears out knees, hips, & much more quicker than what any benefits are. I get tired of reading "oh but I feel good running " - well ya body won't long term. It's not just Urogynae's who try & stop people 'pounding the pavements'. A good brisk walk for twice as long as you would run is just as good for you & better for your joints etc.

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      lisa it doesn't mean you can't run again. We are all different and it depends on your surgery and other things like the strength of your pelvic floor. Speak to your Urogynaecologist. I did Zumba 18 months after my operation and my repair is well and truly intact 6 years later. I know women who run after the surgery. We are all different!

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      Hi LIsa, and Tasha Mulligan the Physio who does the Hab-it DVD is also a competative athlete, so it is possible, but please make sure you are a satrong as possible! Good luck.

      I am sure like most women here, you wuld prefer to keep this to one operation if possible, and make it last a lifetime. The emotional and physical sterss is just too much!

      S

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    Just reading this thread and was shocked to read that someone said "never run again" !

    I really hope this isn't the case as running keeps me fit, slim and is free! Yes I know it isn't great on your knee joints but if you do 2 or 3 a week that aren't too far, it's ok. It's a balance. I am 1 week post posterior repair and before the op, my plan was to walk for 30 mins a day starting next week...I now realize that was far too ambitious!

    I'm a bit concerned as to where to find the best advice regarding exercise, as it's all so conflicting. My consultant was a bit evasive when I asked him. I dread doing damage and having to have this done again...never!

    Bit fed up now! Anyone else been exercising and not had a problem?

    Sue

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      It really varies from person to person, & age has to be a factor too. My Urogynae said it referring to all pelvic floor repairs. He was very adamant that it doesn't help anything other than your mind as is doing damage!! I knew that already from well before I saw him. I can't run from long ago as had bilateral MTP joint fusions in feet with 3 big staples in each, about 4.5yrs ago, so he wasn't referring to me alone not running. He was speaking generally. Maybe the failed repairs he's seen are people that couldn't give up running!! Or lots of fails are ones he knows run. He's done a lot - very experienced. If I thought that my repair might fail if I took up running, then I wouldn't do that. Depends what priorities you have for future.

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      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for reply. I definitely do not want to ever have to have any type of gynae repair again. I haven't been referred to a physio as part of my recovery so I guess that's what I need to do. Very difficult when you hear different things.

      Thanks

      Sue x

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