How to Get Out of Bed After Hysterectomy
After hysterectomy surgery, getting out of bed can be difficult and painful, particularly after abdominal hysterectomy.
This online video demonstration of how to get out of bed after hysterectomy surgery shows simple movement technique for reducing pain and minimizing pressure on the pelvic floor (and internal wound).
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Michelle Kenway presents this simple, easy to follow free online video to watch now (scroll down)
This video information is suited to most women regarding how to move after hysterectomy including after abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy. This is useful information for women preparing for their surgery and for those who may not have access to this type of information. Some women with mobility problems and/or coexisiting health problems may need to use alternative techniques to the one demonstrated.
Please note: this information does not seek to provide or replace medical information or advice regarding moving out of bed. Please follow the guidelines issues to you following your surgery by your attending medical staff. This video simply recognises that some women do not have access to this type of information and may benefit from seeing this demonstration.
Getting Out of Bed After Hysterectomy
Knowing how to move in and out of bed after hysterectomy surgery can potentially have numerous benefits for women:
- Improving the safety of movement and avoiding wound strain;
- Avoiding or minimizing pain with movement;
- Improve the ability to get in and out of bed;
- Minimizing some unwanted side effects of hysterectomy associated with prolonged bed rest; and
- Improving the ability to return to general activity.
Some women find they benefit from knowing and practicing how to get out of bed after hysterectomy using the correct technique, prior to their surgery rather than having to learn post operatively.
For expert guidelines on pelvic floor safe strength and fitness exercises after hysterectomy refer to Inside Out – the essential women’s guide to pelvic support by Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and Dr Judith Goh Urogynaecologist.
Note: to ensure smooth viewing of the video, it is recommended that you press on this play arrow and then when the video starts loading you press the ‘pause’ button until you can see that the entire video has loaded. This will help avoid the video stopping to load while you watch.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Michelle Kenway
Michelle Kenway is a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and author of Inside Out – the Essential Women’s Guide to Pelvic Support, along with Dr Judith Goh Urogynaecologist. The Inside Out exercise DVD and book show women how to strengthen the pelvic floor and exercise effectively with pelvic floor safe exercises.