What is a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a woman's uterus or womb. There are various reasons for why your gynaecologist may perform hysterectomy surgery and a range of different hysterectomy procedures that may be used:
A total hysterectomy (or complete hysterectomy) involves the surgical removal of the uterus and cervix (ring of muscle at the base of the uterus)
A partial hysterectomy (or subtotal hysterectomy) involves the surgical removal of the uterus without removing the cervix.
Hysterectomy procedures The hysterectomy procedure used varies according to the medical reason for your surgery. The type of surgery performed will affect your recovery time after a hysterectomy. There are a range of different hysterectomy procedures that can be performed including:
Pelvic floor exercises after a hysterectomy Your pelvic floor muscles should work to support your insides post hysterectomy. These muscles also assist your bladder and bowel storage and emptying. A weak floppy pelvic floor will not work well to support your internal organs and stitches after your hysterectomy. It makes good sense to train your pelvic floor muscles into their best possible condition to prepare for hysterectomy surgery. After a hysterectomy, check with your gynaecologist regarding his/her preference for when you are able to commence gentle pelvic floor exercises.
Since your pelvic floor muscles are hidden from view inside your body, performing correct pelvic floor exercises can seem mysterious and confusing. If you are at all uncertain about how to perform your pelvic floor exercises using the correct technique after a hysterectomy, contact a physiotherapist or continence advisor to help you to find and train these important muscles. "Tone up your pelvic floor", Chapter 2 of Inside Out - The essential guide to pelvic support guides you through finding your pelvic floor muscles and training them into their best possible condition, and a range of pelvic floor exercise aids are available to assist you. Regular pelvic floor exercises should be part of your weekly routine to keep your pelvic floor healthy and working as it should.
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