Hysterectomy Recovery

Hysterectomy Recovery

Scroll down for hysterectomy recovery exercise videos and information to help you

  • Return to exercise safely
  • Safely recover your strength and fitness
  • Return to your work and regular activities

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Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises

Quick Start Guide

The focus of recovery exercises during early recovery is to prevent physical deterioration and minimize hysterectomy side effects.

Exercises in the initial recovery phase include:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Circulation exercises
  • Mobilizing out of bed
  • Exercises in bed (see below)

Hysterectomy recovery exercise

Exercises during postoperative recovery at home include:

When to Return to Exercise after Hysterectomy

Return to general exercise only with your doctor’s approval at your postoperative checkup. Most women are given approval to resume gentle exercise around 6-8 weeks after surgery.  This often varies so always check with your doctor first before returning to general fitness and strength exercise.

The main types of safe exercises after a hysterectomy include:

  • Pelvic floor safe strength exercises
  • Modified fitness exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Pelvic floor (Kegel) and deep abdominal core exercises

Unsafe Exercises to Modify During Hysterectomy Recovery Include:

  • High impact exercises e.g. running
  • Intense core abdominal exercises e.g. sit-ups or abdominal curls
  • Heavily loaded resistance exercises e.g. heavy weight training exercises
  • Abdominal resistance exercise machines
  • Intense abdominal stretching exercises

Pelvic Floor Safe Exercises After a Hysterectomy Include:

  • Low impact fitness exercises such as  walking or cycling
  • Low resistance pelvic floor safe strength exercises
  • Pelvic floor safe core abdominal exercises
  • Progressive pelvic floor exercises (Kegels)

Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises e-book

Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises e-book

with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Michelle Kenway

Learn Physical Therapy exercises and techniques that ensure your hysterectomy recovery and avoid post-operative complications.

This illustrated e-book is easy to read and includes exercises for:


Gas pain

Lower back pain

Moving in and out of bed

Safe return to activity after hysterectomy

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