After Hysterectomy – How to Get Out of Bed Physiotherapist Video

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)

Video Suitability

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.

Inside Out Book & DVDABOUT 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.


  1. Thanks so much for your demonstration videos. I practised before I had my hyster, so I would have a sort of muscle memory of what to do.  The morning after my op I was able to get In and out of bed with no dramas, and the breathing, calf stretches etc were also really helpful. I was discharged from hospital two days early! 

  2. I do some “warm up” excersices before I get out of bed to warm up my back, I do these because it makes my lower back feel better. I lie on my back, feet flat on bed, knees bent and I twist my knees together to one side then the other. My question is this—–Is it hurting my pelvic floor?

    • Michelle Kenway says:

      Hi Anita
      I always do this lumbar rotation exercise with feet flat on the ground and rotate through the trunk keeping shoulders down flat. It is a lovely exercise for alleviating low back stiffness for many people (especially first thing in the morning) and one that is commonly performed. I prefer feet flat as it reduces pressure on the low back and also reduces pressure on the pelvic floor too – when you raise both your legs off the ground together you use your abdominal muscles. This means that the trunk can’t relax as it otherwise might to assist the spinal rotation and opening of the joints of the low back. It is safer for the pelvic floor to keep the feet flat on the ground with this exercise and more effective for reducing low back stiffness for the most part.


  1. […] Most women are moved out of bed the first day following their hysterectomy surgery. If you can get out of bed correctly you will reduce the strain on your wound and also reduce discomfort. Firstly bend your knees one at a time and then roll onto your side like a log, by bringing your arm across your body and keeping your knees together. Try to avoid twisting through your abdomen especially during recovery from abdominal hysterectomy. Once you are on your side, push your body up sideways as you lower your legs over the side of the bed. getting back into bed is just the reverse of this technique and you can watch this now on our video  “How to get in and out of bed after a hysterectomy“. […]

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