Exercise after hysterectomy can help avoid and overcome hysterectomy side effects.
This Physical Therapy hysterectomy exercise video teaches women safe exercises to promote hysterectomy recovery and minimise the risk of postoperative side effects.
‘Exercise After Hysterectomy’ Suitability
This short information video is for women seeking information on therapeutic exercise either before or following vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy.
The exercises and techniques demonstrated include those that may be be taught before or during hospital stay.
Exercise after hysterectomy should only be undertaken with approval from your medical specialist or health professional advice. This postoperative hysterectomy exercise information is not intended as medical advice. It is for the information of women seeking to understand those types of exercises and techniques that can assist hysterectomy recovery and reduce the risk of side effects.
Video duration: 5 minutes
For expert guidelines safe whole body fitness and strength exercise after hysterectomy and refer to Inside Out – the essential women’s guide to pelvic support by Michelle Kenway and Dr Judith Goh (Urogynaecologist)
Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise Saver Pack for Exercise after Hysterectomy
Inside Out eBook and exercise workout video both available in this cost effective saver pack (download or hardcopy format).
Inside Out eBook and exercise video pack helps you know how to exercise safely after a hysterectomy:
- Lose weight and maintain body weight
- Safely strengthen and tone
- Understand unsafe exercises to avoid
- Choose pelvic floor safe exercises
- Strengthen your pelvic floor
- Increase your lean muscle
- Improve your bone health
‘Exercise After Hysterectomy’ Video Contents
The exercises for hysterectomy recovery demonstrated in this short video include:
Deep breathing exercises
Deep breathing exercises are frequently encouraged post operatively to minimise the risk of chest problems after hysterectomy surgery. The technique taught in this video is diaphragmatic breathing, a technique widely used to improve chest ventilation (air into lungs) postoperatively.
Aim to complete 6 deep breathing exercises every hour during early hysterectomy recovery while resting mostly in bed.
Circulation exercises after hysterectomy minimise the risk of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) or blood clots in the deep veins of the calf muscles. The risk of DVT increases with inactivity and bed rest post operatively, particularly after abdominal hysterctomy surgery.
Aim to do at least 10 circulation exercises every hour, especially when you are not moving much postoperatively.
Exercise to reduce pain moving in bed
After hysterectomy surgery it can be difficult to know how to move without placing downward pressure on the internal wound. The bridging exercise movement technique demonstrated in this hysterectomy exercise video reduces postoperative pain with movement and minimises downward pressure on the internal hysterectomy wound. This technque involves moving using the buttocks rather than the abdominal muscles to move safely.
Use the bridging exercise technique demonstrated in this video to move with comfort and safety in bed during your postoperative hysterectomy recovery.