Pelvic floor exercises

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Hi everyone, I have noticed alot of posting and questions about pelvic floor exercises and it was one of the questions I asked my Urogyno as I had tremendous suceess which avoid bladder surgery before my anterior repair so I was keen to get back to them. His words, not till completely healed the contractions could break the stitches or tear the wounds . wait til 6 weeks and then start slowly like I did when I started. You do so many per day and slowly build sounds like sound advise to me make sense. Any one had scaring issues or been advised or prescribed something to help the wound heal with a soft scar? Great forum and if you are on holiday Matron..enjoy.

 

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    That makes sense, I was told by the physio that came to see me the day after my op to do the exercises straight away, but when I tried I just felt too swollen inside so haven't been doing any. But I did go to sleep last night saying to myself must try again tomorrow as its now been 2 weeks. So I'm glad I read this post this morning! Thank you for sharing
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    I do think if you prolapse is mild its great but if your past a

    grade it has no affect. I bought mine 4 years ago and did find it

    Helped strengthen all the pelvic floor.what I like about the one I have is it had 9 programs which help work different muscle's.

    I shall using it after my op and the healing .good luck girls,.x

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    Hi Tilley,

    Gosh, it's amazing how different advice is in different areas. I had no advice pre op apart from no lifting so have kind of figured things out for myself and from reading stuff on here of course. Your advice sounds about right. That's what I was thinking about straining the stitches or something.

    I'm 13 weeks post op and I've been doing them from say week 6, twice a day. There has been a post on here about specialist physio measuring how effectively you are doing them. Do you know anything about this by chance? It's all a bit of a minefield but I see my consultant week on Monday so I'll quiz him on pelvic floor exercises and post what I find out X

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      Sorry for not replying sooner, over did it and had to rest. I am switching to a physio that uses electric reponse to ensure you are using the correct muscles. I simply googled a few physio that specialised in pelvic floor and then I rang them to see if they use the muscle response etc until I found one that did. I am only 1 week post op and had great success with the pelvic floor exercises prior to my surgery. Before the exercises and this was with a physio who didn't use the electric response thing I managed to go from getting no signal to go and not being able to go more than about an hour without needing to go and some leakage to sleeping through the night without going. previously if I got the urge to go I had to go and sometimes couldn't hold , so pads etc. It was awful. I was very happy with the results but felt they must be another mucle I am not using properly as if I am really full I could hold it for quite a while but once i started to go I couldn't stop it and sometimes running water or picking my grandchild up would make me start and then I couldn't stop. I am hoping the new physio will enable me to fix this last problem but seriously it was so manageable I would recommend doing the exercises for life to evryone I meet. Do post what you find and good luck. keep smiling. PS isn't this forum marvellous.
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    Hello tilley. You're right in some cases about starting pelvic floor exercises at 6 weeks but it does depend on the type of sutures used. The same as in the case of some women can have a bath straight away, others have to wait until 6 weeks.
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      Hi Matron, Never asked about a bath because although I am from Yorkshire and will always be a yorkshire lassie I prefer showers these days. I had to just go to bed for a few hours yesterday quite exhausted after spending time sorting out a problem my fellow employees had created not following my instructions, typical males you no what is a manual type mentality. I was sat at my computer for probably 3hrs .. yes I know but the problem needed fixing before the hill became a mountain so to speak. I tested my spec for advice as stitches really smarking in partically one that seem to be a knot near my rear end. He advised (by return text) limiting sitting to 30 minutes max and said to rest with an ice pack to help reduce swelling and pain. It worked a treat , if ice packs are so good for reducing swelling and numbing the pain ..again I wonder why we arn't armed with this information when we leave hospital. Of course you have to wrap the ice pack so it doesn't stick but I found it really useful. The spec said the knot is where they tie off the sticthing and they have to do it so it doesn't unravel..makes sense but boy does it smark now very thing is starting to mend. My previous stitches down there ended up in a sore ugly hard scar which bothered me for over 25years, can you advise if there is any cream or oil you can use to minimise scaring or make the scar soft. I know it is along way off but if it hurts just sitting how will I ever get to have sex again without pain?that's why I want to minimise scaring. My spec suggested using some medical like dildo's to help with the whole sex issue from about 6 weeks. Apparently they come in different sizes and you gradually increase the size. He said it's best if I can tolerate those I will be less likely to clam up when I do get aroung to sex. Do you know what he is talking about PM me if you do as I have noticed this forum quarantines anything that involves advertsing even mentioning a product. Taking it very easy to day and rest of next week.One week down yeh and I survived. Well done to me and all the other recovering ladies. Keep smiling. 
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      Hello tilley. If the knot keeps bothering you and you become even more sore ask at your GP practice if one of the nurses can remove it for you. Sometimes they become a real nuisance and won't budge. Regarding the dildo, it's not something we've advised women on. I don't know why anyone would clam up really, yes it's tender to begin with but that's to be expected. I suppose if you are anxious it maybe could but if you're relaxed I can't see it being a problem. I'll will ask about it though tilley and send you a pm if I get any information.
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      Hi Matron, only just noticed you have replied to this post. When should the stitches have come away by? How many days or weeks after my op? I am only 1 week post op and I don't want the knot removed if it is too early. Thanks 
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