Safe Exercises After a Hysterectomy

Safe Exercises After a Hysterectomy

Scroll down for hysterectomy recovery exercise videos and information to:

  • Return to exercise safely
  • Recover your strength and fitness
  • Strengthen your core (pelvic floor and abdominal muscles)
  • Return to work and regular activity

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Safe Exercises After a Hysterectomy

Quick Start Guide

Hysterectomy Postoperative Exercises

The focus of exercises in the early postoperative period are aimed at minimizing the risk of side effects and preventing physical deterioration.

Exercises for the early postoperative period include:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Circulation exercises
  • Exercises in bed
  • Mobilizing out of bed

Exercises during postoperative recovery include:

  • Progressive walking
  • Deep abdominal core muscles
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Mobility exercises

Return to General Exercise after Hysterectomy

Return to general exercise only with your doctor’s approval at your postoperative checkup.

There are 3 main categories of safe exercises after a hysterectomy:

1. Pelvic floor safe strength exercises
2. Pelvic floor safe fitness exercises
3. Pelvic floor (Kegel) and deep abdominal core exercises

Unsafe Exercises to Modify after a Hysterectomy include:

  • High impact exercises e.g. running
  • High intensity core abdominal exercises e.g. sit-ups
  • Heavily loaded resistance exercises e.g. heavy weighted exercises
  • Abdominal resistance exercise machines
  • Intense stretching exercises

Pelvic Floor Safe Exercises after a Hysterectomy include:

  • Low impact fitness exercises e.g. walking, cycling
  • Low resistance pelvic floor safe strength exercises
  • Pelvic floor safe core abdominal exercises
  • Progressive pelvic floor exercises (Kegels)