One of the most confusing things after a hysterectomy is how to handle strange or uncomfortable symptoms that persist – especially once you’ve been told you’re all healed up.
Strength training before surgery isn’t a new concept, most surgeons for hip or knee replacements will advise a 6 week plan before surgery to help with the recovery. So why should we ignore this advice for a hysterectomy?
It’s so important to exercise after hysterectomy and Teresa tells us about her experience.
I’d written a story on this website about how I’d had a hysterectomy in June this year. I was starting to get better, but noticed I was having pain in my left side. When I’d seen a friend, who’d had surgery on her leg/hip, she asked me if I’d started physio. I told her no, as nothing had been mentioned about it, so I then contacted the physio department at our local hospital and made an appointment. And to be honest, it was a good idea.
Before my operation, apart from having some large fibroids and anemia, I was pretty fit and had good core stability. I believe that having good core stability is the key to success as you can work all the other parts of your body whilst your abdomen stays still.
Many women complain about gaining weight after a hysterectomy and they often put it down to the surgery itself. However, it is entirely possible that weight put on after a hysterectomy is simply down to not modifying the amount eaten to take account of the hugely reduced amount of exercise being taken and comfort eating.
As hormones change for women in the menopause, many complain about hot flushes, irritability, and other symptoms. However, new research says something as simple as increasing your exercise may help.