is the pelvic floor exercises same as before surgery?

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Hello. I'm 8 weeks post surgery.

I feel it's finally time to get back to pelvic floor exercises. I know it's bit late to restart but I needed time.

I was given a paper when I was discharged. There were some exercises NOT to do it. But I don't know which one is suitable for my stage.

Do you see a physio after surgery?

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    Hi Tomo

    Its never too late to start pelvic floor exerising, and if you strengthen up now you can prevent further organs from prolpasing, and support the prolapse operation you have had. Avoid pressure from exercising, so no sit ups, planks and crunches. Watch your weight. use a toilet stool and correct your posture. Ask your GP if you have not been referred to physio, to be done so, so that a physiotherapist can show you correct posture, and how to strengethen properly. If you do not change what you do, you will get another  prolpase, so its the best time to get strong!

    Hope this helsps


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      Thank you Stephanie. Yes, I'm not doing sit-ups, planks and crunches.

      But the other exercises like "wall squats" is OK for people had a surgery?

      This morning, I was in rush and run around a minute. It's bit sore now.....Gruuuuu. I hope it didn't damage me.

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      You would need to ask a Physio, but I would say a wall squat should be OK, if you are well recivered post surgery. A strong pelvic floor LOVES squats. But this depends how soon you are after your op. There is no definitieve guide. If you are exercising I would strongly recommend EVB Sports shorts - they are clinically proven to help support by an extra 71% Your pelvic floor needs all the help it can get and EVP support shorts have been designed by a woamn with a pelvic problem - so she knows and she's got it spot on! Don't take any chances, take it easy.and do your exercises little and often...

      That was major surgery you know, and if you want it to last you a lifetime, you have to listen to your body.



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    Thanks for posting this question, I too are wondering about exercises. I'm 5 weeks post-op and think I'm ready to start. Prior to having a&p repair and tvt I spent about 10months with a physio trying to improve. I'm wondering if I can just continue with those exercises or if I have to spend a whole stack of money again and go back.

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      Hi Gymgirl. Thank you for the explanation. That was exactly what I wanted to ask.

      Me too. I spent one year with physio. It worked for incontinence but did not work for prolapse.

      I went physio with medicare. Gymgirl, why don't you try public one for next time?

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    Hi Tomoko,

    There are experts here on pelvic floor exercises but I will give you my view on it: I have been under physio treatment for a long time, firstly for my cistocele grade 1 I was on physio for one year with one of the best specialists in Madrid (finally it ended in surgery) and later for some months for my rectocele and also I've had to get the op. Neither of the treatments worked on me and I promise that I'm a very devoted patient! I know that other women have good experiences when the prolapse is very mild.

    I think physio treatment is a good help for women after their repairs but it is difficult to stop a prolapse from advancing only with physio, specially in women tending to have prolapses.

    I've just had a rectocele repair and of course I plan to go to the physio but I don't plan to go every week as I used to do when I didn't know neither how to squeeze and release nor locate the core. My view on this is that for women like us that have a lot of experience with exercises, maybe one first appointment, exercises at home and checks every month would be enough if there's no pain present (if there's pain, maybe the weekly visit is advisable) .

    This is my personal opinion about this, of course it's just an opinion based on my experience. But hope it can help!

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