Prolapse Surgery

Postoperative recovery exercises and techniques that:

  • Promote your surgical recovery
  • Reduce your risk of repeat prolapse
  • Help you exercise safely after prolapse surgery
  • Keep you strong and active long-term

Benefits of Exercise After Prolapse Surgery

1. Short Term Recovery Exercise

Exercise promotes physical recovery and prevents some potential adverse side effects during the first 6-8 weeks after surgery.

Prolapse_surgeryExercise during early recovery can help:

Prevent chest problems

Reduce the risk of blood clots

Improve bowel emptying

Reduce physical deterioration

Relieve joint pain and stiffness

Return to regular activity and work

Improve self confidence and mood

 2. Long Term Recovery Exercise

Complete internal healing takes approximately 3 months in most women. While you’re healing it’s important to progress your exercises gradually and modify unsafe exercises.

It’s also advisable to adopt pelvic floor safe exercise long-term when your pelvic floor has completely healed.

Pelvic floor safe exercise after prolapse surgery can help with:

  • Weight management
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Physical strengthening
  • Emotional well being
  • Protecting your pelvic floor

Choosing Safe Exercises After Prolapse Surgery

Pelvic floor safe exercises are important after pelvic floor surgery to avoid pelvic floor overload and reduce the risk of repeat prolapse.

Pelvic floor safe exercises after surgery include:

How to Avoid Unsafe Exercises

It’s important to make your first surgery your best surgical outcome. The risk of repeat prolapse increases with each successive prolapse surgery that’s performed.

Knowing which exercises to avoid is important for women wanting to stay active and fit during recovery and long term. Unfortunately sometimes women aren’t fully aware that there are some commonly performed exercises that may increase the likelihood of repeat prolapse.

Exercises to avoid after surgery include:

Kegel Exercises After Prolapse Surgery

Kegel exercises after prolapse surgery aim to:

  • Maximize pelvic floor strength and support
  • Reduce the risk or repeat prolapse
  • Prevent problems sometimes associated with pelvic surgery (e.g. incontinence)

Recommencing Kegel exercises after surgery can vary in terms of the best time to start. Kegels usually commence when you receive your doctor’s approval and this is usually from around 4 weeks after surgery. It’s important to have your doctor’s approval prior to starting your Kegel training.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is usually gradually progressed and can take up to 6 months to complete.

Prolapse Exercises Saver Pack

Workout DVD and Prolapse Exercises e-Book Pelvic Prolapse Saver Pack

with Physiotherapist Michelle Kenway

Learn how to exercise safely, strengthen your prolapse and reduce your risk of pelvic prolapse worsening.

Prolapse Exercises Saver Pack is the complete exercise solution for women after prolapse surgery who are seeking to exercise safely and protect the pelvic floor from injury.

This saver pack includes exercises for your recovery and long-term exercises for strength, fitness, weight management and bone health.