10 Solutions for Shifting Gas After Hysterectomy

Are you suffering from bloating and painful gas after hysterectomy? Hot to pass gas after hysterectomy

Do you need help to relieve gas pain now?

Gas pain is one of the common and often unexpected side effects of hysterectomy. Some women develop bowel control problems with gas after hysterectomy 1.

Fortunately there are a number of things you can do at home to avoid and relieve postoperative painful gas and bloating.

This Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist information helps you relieve painful gas with:

  • 10 home solutions for passing gas after hysterectomy
  • Post hysterectomy exercises for passing gas
  • An understanding of what’s causing your gas pain after hysterectomy

10 Solutions for Shifting Gas After Hysterectomy

Looking for information on how to get rid or gas or pass gas after hysterectomy and relieve discomfort?

These simple solutions will help you to avoid wind or gas after hysterectomy and alleviate gas pain.

Choose from any or a combination of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Use a Warm Pack

Placing a warm pack on your abdomen can help to relieve gas pain.

Check that your warm pack isn’t too hot before applying it. Place the warm pack over clothing and avoid placing it directly on your skin.

It’s important to avoid placing warm packs directly over your abdominal hysterectomy wound as sensation around the area may be reduced and healing tissues may be susceptible to tissue burn.

Solution 2: Hysterectomy Exercises for Passing Gas

Lying flat on your back is a very difficult position for passing gas. Lying down on the back does not promote gut motility to help shift gas.

Physical Therapist exercises can help you pass gas after hysterectomy shown in this video (below).

Positioning your body to rest briefly on your hands and knees is a great position for shifting gas and relieving discomfort.

If you’re early stage post-hysterectomy and you can’t  kneel, you may instead try leaning forwards as an alternative position. Support your upper body by leaning forwards and resting your elbows onto a firm support such as the kitchen bench or a window sill.

Side-lying with a pillow between the knees and supporting the abdomen can help to more easily pass gas during early hysterectomy recovery.

Solution 3: Move Regularly

Physical immobility is a major factor causing slowed gut motility and gas after a hysterectomy.

Walking is an excellent strategy for improving gut motility and eliminating gas. 

Move out of bed after hysterectomy with minimal discomfort using the technique shown in the video (below).

These weekly walking after hysterectomy guidelines will also help promote your hysterectomy recovery

Solution 4: Avoid Eating Gas Producing Foods

Gas producing foods after hysterectomySome foods increase gas production in your bowels.

Limiting or avoiding the following foods can reduce production of wind or gas:

  • Legumes – lentils, chick peas, baked beans;
  • Cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts;
  • Corn and potatoes;
  • Onions and garlic;
  • Wheat and oats; and
  • Dried fruit – dried apricots, prunes, pears

The low FODMAP diet has been found to reduce abdominal pain and bloating caused by specific foods in some adults with functional pain disorders 2.

Solution 5: Avoid Drinking Carbonated (Fizzy) Drinks

Carbonated beverages or soft drinks contain air bubbles which are swallowed along with drinking the liquid.

Try to avoid or minimize your intake of soft drinks during your hysterectomy recovery to minimize wind pain or gas pain.

Solution 6: Eat Slowly

Take the time to chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.

Chewing your food well makes  it more readily digested in your gut so that it passes through faster and produces less gas in the process.

Solution 7: Avoid Swallowing Air

Try to minimize the amount of air you swallow.

Swallowing air is caused by:

  • Drinking from a straw
  • Smoking
  • Chewing gum
  • Sucking hard sweets.

Solution 8: Drink Warm Beverages

Warm drinks help to stimulate gut motility which can help you to shift gas and relieve pain.

Drinking a cup of warm water combined with a short walk can promote movement of gas through the bowel to help relieve gas pain.

Solution 9: Drink Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea for gas after hysterectomyPeppermint promotes gut motility and can be useful in alleviating post hysterectomy gas pain. Drinking peppermint tea can provide relief  from wind pain.

Avoid drinking peppermint tea if you have reflux or hiatus hernia to avoid worsening heart burn.

* Check with your doctor or pharmacist before drinking peppermint tea if you’re taking medication.

Solution 10: Nurture Your Gut Microbiome

Hysterectomy surgery is usually associated with large doses of antibiotics to prevent post-operative infection. Antibiotics can cause an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.

Having an imbalance of gut bacteria may increase the gas you produce after you eat.

Sweets and fast foods may increase some of non beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Prebiotic foods are known to feed beneficial gut flora. Helpful prebiotic foods include bananas, potatoes and asparagus. Some prebiotic foods are known to cause gas including legumes, garlic, leek and onion. You may choose to include these in your diet when your immediate gas pain has resolved.

Probiotics aim to improve intestinal motility and reduce intestinal fermentation and gas production. Probiotics may be helpful when added to the gut.

Speak to your pharmacist about your suitability for a course of probiotics. Many probiotics are readily available over the counter.

Eating yogurt may promote the growth and reestablishment of beneficial intestinal flora to help overcome bloating and gas.

What Causes Gas After Hysterectomy?

After a hysterectomy gut motility or movement is slowed down.

Gas build up or wind is caused by a number of factors including: 

  • Inflammation and swelling with tissue injury (especially with abdominal hysterectomy)
  • Constipation
  • General anaesthetic
  • Pain relieving medications
  • Fasting for surgery
  • Decreased walking and movement
  • Slowed nervous system/neural changes
  • Hormonal changes.

Gas pain after hysterectomy surgery is one of the common unexpected side effects of this operation. Try to incorporate one or more of these 10 solutions into your hysterectomy recovery to avoid and manage gas after hysterectomy.

Further Reading & Videos for Hysterectomy Recovery

» How to Avoid Side Effects of Hysterectomy – What Every Woman Should Know

» The Cause of Back Pain After Hysterectomy Women Need to Know

» 5 Physiotherapy Exercises for Relieving Lower Back Pain After Hysterectomy

» Walking after a Hysterectomy – Weekly Hysterectomy Exercise Guidelines

» How to Empty Your Bowels to Overcome Bowel Movement Problems (Video)

» Pelvic Floor Exercises After Hysterectomy – Physiotherapist Guided Video Routine (Video)

Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises for Avoiding Post-Operative Complications (e-book)

Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises Book 1with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Michelle Kenway

Promote your safe recovery after your hysterectomy with these Physical Therapy exercises and techniques for:

  • Moving well with minimal discomfort
  • Exercising safely during your recovery
  • Reducing your risk of major complications and common side effects of hysterectomy.

Includes exercises for constipation, gas pain, lower back pain, moving in and out of bed and safe return to activity after hysterectomy.


Learn More


1. Altman D, Zetterström J, López A, Pollack J, Nordenstam J, Mellgren A. (2004) Effect of hysterectomy on bowel function. Dis Colon Rectum. Apr;47(4):502-8; discussion 508-9. Epub 2004 Mar 4.
Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14994113

2. Turco R, Salvatore S, Miele E, Romano C, Marseglia G, Staiano A.(2018) Does a low FODMAPs diet reduce symptoms of functional abdominal pain disorders? A systematic review in adult and paediatric population, on behalf of Italian Society of Pediatrics. Ital J Pediatr. 2018 May 15;44(1):53.Retrieved from https://ijponline.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13052-018-0495-8

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  1. Joan Lansdell says

    how long will this gas last? I’m a week out of surgery and it is still going on. I have not taken any pain pills since I left the hospital. I am just walking inside.

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Joan
      It could take a while longer to ease up – you are probably moving less, and you will have abdominal swelling and some discomfort which slows things down too. Contact your medical practitioner if it doesn’t settle down or if you feel concerned.
      Best of luck

      • I had the abdomen hysterectomy and it’s going on two weeks I can home on the go try to make sure the gas would move and yet to this day I may have pas gas about ten times I have went three time I done gave my self fleet enema hot soap enema and and I also done took ex lax and myerlax and nothing has done it for me

      • Hello I had surgery April 14 gas has become a problem Major the last 2 weeks pain all day.. I believe that is what it is it hurts so bad I get dizzy nausea. . Told my obgyn that did surg say not from surg … Cannot see my Doctor until Fri .what kind of specialist would you see for this..

        • Gastroenterologist it’s dealing with digestive issues gas even surgery related still goes through this system to escape. I have had to see a gastroenterologist since I was 8. IBS

    • 5 weeks and still have gas!

    • The gas has been the worst part of the surgery gor me. 5 weeks and still gas pain.

  2. Patricia wong says

    Thank you for yr advice. I was in great pain due to gas even pain killers cannot help. Instead of drinking room temperature water I drank plenty of warm – hot water and drinks and that help move the gas and releasing them … Try to blurp more too. it helps No fruits please that will increase the gas …

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Patricia
      Yes warm water is a great help I agreee, plus it is often the high fibre fruits and their skins that increase gas too, thanks for your input!

  3. Hlengiwe says

    I had my vaginal hysterectomy 22 May,l have gas,its very painful. I’m drinking hot water first thing in the morning,and during the day,it helps but how long does it last? I’m having severe pain on my right side at the back,l’m worried too.

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Hlengiwe
      The gas can last for some time, and can cause discomfort however with any unexplained pain post op you need to speak with your doctor as soon as possible.

    • Did it go away? Im 8 days out and im having same pian…i have more pain when my food is digesting .

  4. Done TAH on 2September’13, too much wind trapped inside causing unbearable pains. Don’t know what to do,what to eat or what to drink, I wish I could ly flat on my tummy for this wind to come out.What vegetables and fruit must I eat?

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Anne
      First and foremost see your specilaist or general practitioner for appropriate assessment and medication if warranted to manage your wind problem. You can see on this article a list of wind producing fods and there are many foods that can produce wind on an individual basis. The best foods will be those that are easily digested that don’t sit in your bowel for long periods of time fermenting and producing gas. The types of foods that are less likely to produce gas include rice/rice cereals, meat, well cooked/skinned vegetables, canned vegetables (not beans) and vegetable juices. This is a start, but the first stop should be your doctor.

  5. thanq for giving the suggestions for those who are in need…………….

  6. Its been a month since my TAH. I seem to be passing a lot of gas but still have a lot of gas pain. Why so much pain if I’m passing so much?

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Christine
      Discuss this with your specialist to be sure of the cause of your discomfort however many women do feel discomfort when passing wind after hysterectomy. The bowel runs close to/behind the internal surgical wound so pain with bowel movements and/or gas can occur post op. with pressure on this area. Good to keep the stool soft and minimise gas producing foods during this time.

  7. i had a vaginal hysterectomy almost 5 weeks ago and feel bloated and tight in the tummy all day im putting it down to gas but must say its coming to a point that im over it so im going to try the warm water amd heat pack and see how i go

  8. I had my hyst. in may of this year. I still have both ovaries though. long story short, ive been passing lots of gas n its gettn embarrassing. even water gives me gas. please help.

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Dee
      Have you spoken to your doctor about this? Do you think it might be associated with post-operative hormonal changes? Have you tried keeping an food/drink diary to keep track of things that seem to be aggravating your gas, epecially gas producing foods? Could be a good idea to start a diary – it could be any one of many things such as food intolerance (e.g. lactose, hormonal imbalance, bacteria in the gut etc). You might speak to your doctor about investigations (e.g. colonoscopy) and recommended treatment. If you know what you are dealing with then you can undertake the appropriate course of treatment.
      Best of luck

  9. I just had a laparoscopic hysterectomy and dealing with the trapped gas and the soar lower abdominal pain when trying to push it out. Is pineapple a bad fruit or can it cause stomach gripping? I have those really bad and no appetite. I’m taking no meds but just need to find comfort. I try lying on my side but it feels like everything shifts over and causes more pain. Any suggestions will help please. Thanks!

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Jae
      Yes fruits that are high in fibre like pineapple (and often fruits high in fructose) can both make gas worse post op. Warm packs over the lower abdomen, leaning forwards with hands on a low bench and rotating the hips as well as gentle clockwise massage of the lower abdomen and frequent position changes can all assist in relieving gas.

      Fruits low in fructose include: common banana, blueberries, cantaloupe, black grapes, kiwi fruit, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit and paw paw.

      Hope this helps you out and that you are feeling better

  10. Ambra Gorsuch says

    I had a full hysterectomy almost two years ago. I have stomache issues dealing with bloat and gas that are overbearing on a day to day basis. I have gained weight and it is clearly all in my stomache. Constipation, severe bloating and gas is ruining my life. Because my hysterectomy is not current and probably done with the healing process, is their anything I can do that would help my situation?

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Ambra
      Did your stomach problems and constipation start following your hysterectomy? Have you spoken to your doctor about this issue and have you had a colonoscopy investigation? Many factors can cause stomach problems you describe including constipation and food intolerances, however other potential causes also need to be excluded by your health professional and I am not sure whether you have done this to date, I am interested to hear.
      Kindest regards

  11. Peggy Laney says

    To tell the truth, gas became the biggest problem for me in the hospital and at home. For one, I was not aware that gas might be an issue, so for lunch in hospital, I did not avoid any foods that might cause gas. I had tomato soup and wow, what a mistake. The gas from foods and the carbon dioxide from surgury combined to give me little rest during my hospital stay. Laying down did not allow gas to be released from gut and would cause my diaphram to feel tight. It was difficult to take a deep breath because of this. I had to keep pulling myself up using the swinging handle on a chain that is above the hospital bed. It became exhausting to pull myself up every so often each hour. It put strain on my neck, stomach, arms, and wrists from trying to use one hand to push myself up.

    Then, at about 10 hours after surgery, a gas bubble found its way into my diaphram which was excruciating. I was warned this might happen, and I forgot what to do to alleviate it..lift arms over head. Instead, the pain felt like a knife being twisted under my rib cage might feel. I have never experiencec so much pain. It made me cry out an weep uncontrollably. Finally the nurses came to my rescue, made me stand and breath, and asked if my shoulder hurt. It did…which meant the gas bubble was finally dissipating. While I was happy to have relief in my diaphram, it now felt like my should had a bullet wound…at least what I imagined it might feel like. I ended up standing, rocking back and forth, or sitting for the next two hours to prevent any of this from happening again. In the end, my total sleep time in the hospital was about 5 hours, mostly due to gas and the fact that pain meds kill my sleep. Hopefully you are not as unlucky as I was.

    • I feel your pain. I had a hysterectomy May 14. I read that you were supposed to walk soon after surgery. The nurses were too busy to help me walk so I laid in bed for four hours after surgery. When I finally walked I was elated. I ended up not sleeping at all due to pain, meds and constant interruptions oh and I had to urinate all night long. I finally got out of bed to walk at 6 am and walked for three hours. Everything was hurting. I was screaming in pain. Nobody told me about gas passing through your shoulders but OMG it’s THE worst pain. They had to calm me down with Morphine. I was due to go home but I had to get the pain under control. I’ve sincerely taken everything under the moon and I’m writhing in pain for about 5 hours every morning. I haven’t had anything for pain since Saturday. Finally the dr told me to do an enema yesterday. That was amazing and helped until 4 a.m.. I’m back in horrible pain and can barely have a B.M. I just drank magnesium citrate and I’m drinking a juice with kale, spinach and honey with a spoon of Moringa. I also have tender ribs and my legs feel like I had a tough leg workout. My dr. said my uterus was a monster and that one of my fibroids was bigger than my uterus. Sincerely, Miserable

      • I feel your pain can you try to drink warm prune juice first thing in the morning with anise seed. That really help me after my Hysterectomy.

      • Have you found relief? I just had mine and no one told me about the shoulder and pelvic pain due to gas. They had to cut away severe adhesions between my uterus and colon. If you found relief, what did you do?

    • Omg I had this experience too, never felt pain like it, I said I would rather give birth to both my daughters again than have this pain return. The diaphragm pain shot all the way Up to my shoulder, I as screaming out with pain but couldn’t breath in until the pain had passed which was approx 10 seconds, I didn’t think I would breath again. I had two episodes of the diaphragm pain and gripping onto the hospital bed which I hope I never experience again.. I’m still suffering bowel pain when passing stools 2 weeks after surgery. Gas pain is the worst, the surgery is no trouble at all, I’m doing great with the surgery. I’m still taking lactulose to soften my stools but the stabbing pain whilst trying to pass stools is still very painful likened to a contraction.. Love to all who suffer after surgery with gas problems and wish you all a speedy recovery..X

    • Omg I just had the same exact thing happen to me!!! Never in my life had I ever felt anything so horrible!!! Been out 3 days now I look 5 months Prego

  12. Veronica says

    Is there an interaction between peppermint and Zoloft(sertraline)?

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Veronica

      This is a great question and has made me think to look into peppermint interactions. I can’t see an interaction between peppermint tea and Zoloft but it’s always advisable to check with the pharmacist or doctor for drug interactions if you are taking medication.

      There is a reported an interaction between peppermint oil and a number of medications. Peppermint oil is reported to have an interaction with the immunosuppressive medication Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune). Peppermint oil may have the effect of decreasing how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking peppermint oil with some of the medications that are broken down in the liver can reportedly increase the effects and side effects of these medications. Is is also reported that pepermint may interact with some medications used to treat diabetes, blood pressure or stomach acid.

      Thanks again Veronica

  13. I had my surgery in April….and still havin real bad gas pains and bloating….feel like i gained weight…anything i eat is painful. What can i do to relieve or get rid of the gas pain and bloating. I have done the tea….stool softener, even tried Gas X im at my wits end the pain is too much at time.

  14. Slivia Ngwenya says

    I had a lapcroscopy hysterectomy. I get this excruciating pain not sure whether in my gut or abdomin. It feels like contractions and lasts a few minutes. It happens lot after I eat or drink. Also passing wind is so difficult at the moment.
    Please help the pain is killing me.

  15. corena arzola says

    I had hysterectomy 3 year ago and I am still having these problems bloating , it’s hard foe me to pass gas , I have pain , what can I do to get relief

    • Michelle Kenway says

      Hi Corenza

      You know I often her this from women long-term after hysterectomy and I think it’s important to realise that many factors influence gas and bloating.

      First and foremost check any unexplained bloating out with your doctor.

      Have you noticed that your diet is related to your bloating?

      A major cause of bloating is due to fermentation of food by bacteria in the gut. If something alters the balance of the biome or bacterial profile of your gut flora (eg antibiotics) then gas production can increase. A good place to start is to read about FODMAPS which are those types of foods that can cause bloating and IBS symptoms. This link might help you get started reading about FODMAPS http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/

      Hope this helps you get started Corenza

      Kind regards

  16. My operation 4th August have been suffering with wind pains, the last few days drinking peppermint tea 3 times a day have seen a remarkable difference. Also I have been having smaller meals more frequently, not having foods high in fibre, and having Probiotic in liquid form . I will try anything to get some relief the last few days have been my best in weeks. Hope this helps .

  17. I had my TLHSBO two months ago. I also have osteoarthritis. I am asked to do aerobic exercise by my orthopedician. When can I start.

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Padmaja

      Most women start a progressive walking program post op. At the 6-8 week check up the surgeon usually advises whether healing is sufficient to start gentle cardiovascular exercise and thi varies from one woman to the next so check with your specialist.


      • Michelle thank you so much for this information. I’m only a week out from surgery and the gas started killing me yesterday. Just following the suggestions you’ve posted this morning already has me feeling 10 times better. I also found the strongest dose of simethecone sold over the counter at Walgreens. This combined with the heat and movement suggestions have done wonders for me. Thank you for helping me find relief for my unexpected pain.

        • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

          It’s great to hear that you’re feeling better Sabrina – post op. gas is awful to deal with especially when you’re trying to manage after discharge at home. All the best for your recovery!

  18. I had all of the symptoms above after my laproscopic hysterectomy as well with lots of wind in me. I also tried many of the solutions above. What finally worked for me completely was: I took an extra strong acidolpholis supplement just before bed for three nights and during the day I drank lots of water. I noticed relief after the first night but conitnued for two more nights with the acidolpholis. I know have normal bowel movements and no gas pains or bloating. I used super 8 hi-potency probiotic by Flora. 42 billion cellls. It doesn’t have to be that one but something similar. Bring it home right away and keep it refrigerated. It looses potency if it becomes warm. Keep in fridge.

  19. I got home today after a robotic hysterectomy. I am so bloated and the gas is just trapped and won’t come out. I need relief!

  20. I have slept and sit with a heating pad on my abdomen for most of the day when im not up walking and have found such relief for my gas… Also I have never slept laying flat after my hysterectomy. Im only a week into healing but these things seem to help me greatly.

  21. Hi. I just had a Hysterectomy 8 days ago and want to know if I’ll be ok to fly in 21 days. I am also having the horrible gas pains and love reading that drinking hot water and staying away from certain foods could decrease the pain.

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Queen B
      Flying is the decision of your surgeon and will depend on your individual risks and recovery so check with him/her.
      All the best

  22. In addition to my question about flying, the flight is non stop for an hour and fifteen minutes

  23. I thought I was doing the right thing drinking orange juice, eating fruit after surgery. 2 days post op, Once I started to go to toilet couldn’t stop. Virtually diarrhoea and pain this evening unbearable. Trying peppermint tea to see if it helps. Thanks for the advice!

  24. Dear Michelle
    I am scheduled for a TAH on 31 March. I am doing so much research and boy some things you read is rather scary. Do you have any pre-hystorectomy advice for me?

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Anni

      Great that you’re thinking ahead on this Anni!

      In brief focus on:
      * Practice your correct technique for getting in and out of bed after hysterectomy before your surgery so you know exactly what you’re doing afterwards
      * Practice the simple hysterectomy recovery exercises in this video to help with breathing and circulation post op
      * Practice your pelvic floor exercises over the coming weeks
      * Daily exercise (walking or low impact stationary cycling) if you exercise regularly and feel well enough at the moment
      * Read these guidelines for walking after hysterectomy
      * Get some large briefs; some a size larger than normal for immediate post op (high waisted that won’t cut into your wound). Moderate support briefs can also help support the abdomen when walking 2-3 weeks after surgery

      All the best for your op. and recovery Anni

  25. This is day ten after my complete hysterectomy. I am in so much pain due to gas trapped in my upper abdomen. It moves and makes noises, causes a pain that i really can’t explain. It almost feels like contractions when I’m labor. Yesterday it really pout me down I was so blotted I looked 11months pregnant. I gave myself a fleet enema to see if that would elevate the gas. I started vomiting and that’s when I felt better. Not completely gone but it felt like maybe 25% down. But the next day was a repeat of blotted and gas that won’t move with the pain. I’m going to try the hot compresses I pray it works. I’m so tired of the discomfort.

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Melonie
      It sounds as though you’re having a really tough time, hoping things ease up for you soon

  26. My mom is suffering from this problem when the gas develope her body became weak and collapse she also have thyroid problem what should we do

  27. Stick a Pin in Me! says

    I had a robotic hysterectomy three days ago and felt like I was going to pop this morning from the gas build-up! What a relief to find all this great information and to know this is a common problem. I’m drinking hot tea and eating yogurt right now, and my wonderful husband is at the store picking up some other helpful foods for me. Bless you for sharing this information!

  28. Hello all! I just had a hysterectomy about a week ago. Omg nobody informed me about the gas pains! The surgery was a walk in the park. I recently had a bowel movement that was so painful! I’ve been drinking peppermint tea its called smooth move and walking a lot everyday since my surgery but still no improvement. Only thing let is to watch my diet. Thank you guys so much for your testimony… Both of luck ladies!

  29. My Doctor told me he didn’t want to discuss anything that was negative. I said even if I had terrible pain he said yes.

  30. Hi
    It’s coming up to 5 weeks now since I had a Hysterectomy & vault suspension. Ever since my surgery I’ve been having a bad time with wind pain & constipation. Which has been increasing over the weeks. It’s that bad that I feel like I’m pregnant. I’ve been on Movicol, IBS support, Probiotics and peppermint tea. Because of the wind & constipation I have a feeling it’s put a lot of pressure on my wall which has possibly caused another prolapse…very worried & upset. Michelle how long does it take after surgery for swelling to go down etc…as I’m hoping that’s all it is that I’m feeling as this is my third operation. And also what exercises should I be doing to help strengthen my pelvic floor.

    I thought it was just me who was experiencing the bloating, constipation and wind after surgery…so relieved that this is quite normal. Think I’ll try the hot pack & warm water.

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Sharlene
      It can take quite some time for the gut to return to normal and the internal wound will still be healing so that when you have gas, the pain is exacerbated. Sounds as though you’re doing all the right things. Speak with your surgeon if things don’t settle down or if you have concerns beforehand, you’re probably seeing him/her next week at your 6 week post-op review. Ask whether you’re able to start Kegels after hysterectomy to strengthen your pelvic floor – if you care able to this video link should help you get started. Yes the warm pack and warm water are a good idea too, plus walking and avoiding foods that produce gas. All the best!

  31. Hi I had a hysterectomy 20 years ago. The doctor never talked to me about trapped gas or wearing a binder. Could I still have trapped gas in my huge swollen belly? What can I do about it now?

    • Michelle Kenway Physiotherapist says

      Hi Deborah
      The gas is unlikely to be related to your hysterectomy 20 years ago. If your abdomen is bloated and large it’s a good idea to get this symptom checked your with your doctor first and thereafter address your appropriate diet and bowel management.The low FODMAP diet is a great place to start for excessive gas.

      • Hi

        I know most think it is bowel problem but I go three times a day. I have colonscopy every five years. I don’t have gas. My stomach is huge. I have been to my doctor many times about it and there is nothing wrong. I know a lot of women who have had hysterectomies and they have the same belly. High, sticks out and it is large.

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