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So I had my first physiotherapy appointment yesterday, 8.5 weeks post SSF, Anterior and Posterior repair. My consultant recommended this particular physio to me and I must say she was excellent, much better than any physio I've seen in the past! I am writing this post as it may help some of you who are still in recovery.
I'm 8.5 weeks post now and had a few concerns which she helped me with yesterday
First concern - The Lump! The lump is NOT my cervix, it is the back wall which faces my bladder and its barely a lump now, its just where the stitch was and how it has healed, she said perfectly normal. I can't 'feel' it anymore when walking/sitting etc and could only 'see it' - this is all fine so a real relief
Second Concern - Bladder. I didnt have problems with my bladder pre surgery but now I will go for a wee and I think I have finished, stand up and then leak.....very annoying. She reasssured me that this is totally normally and could be down to a kink that has been ironed out since the surgery or just weakness of the pelvic floor which we are going to work on. I've got a 'bladder diary' to fill out- oh joy!
Third Concern - The VAGINA....and laxacity... One of my problems pre surgery was not being able to feel sex as I was 'too large' and was worried tht this hadn't been fixed. When she examined me I could feel her fingers, but its not the '17 year old vagina' i was expecting and there is definitely still some laxacity. She told me that they assess pelvic floor strength on a scale of 0-5 - From what I had told her she presumed that pre -surgery I would have been a '1' but now i'm at '3' and she will work with me to get me to '5'. This she said will also 'tighten' things up....I hope!
4th Concern - Exercise. She assured me that I could start light exercise now, but be careful not put pressure on my pelvic floor. She is going to write a plan for my personal trainer - which will include interabdominable exercise, cardio and body weights. I asked her about 'core exercises' and she told me to be careful not to do anything that causes your abs to 'dome' - which is most of them! No sit ups. leg raises etc... She is going to show me some exercises next week! No Tennis until the 3 month mark as its 'high impact'
I hope that the above helps some of you - but those at the start/middle of recovery please take it easy and don't beat yourself up - every week is different, its bloody tough!!! Stay strong, there is light at the end of the tunnel!!
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