Patients often ask when they can begin to exercise after having a hysterectomy in Arizona. Returning to an active lifestyle after the surgery should happen progressively because your recovery greatly depends on the fitness of your body prior to the procedure.
A person who has been exercising regularly or engaging in physical activities will recover much quicker than a woman who has never exercised. Unfortunately, many surgeons give rather vague advice about how women can safely resume exercise following a hysterectomy.
Usually, they will tell patients that they should not pick up heavy objects and avoid physical activities, including running, swimming, aerobics or yoga. But this often leaves actively fit women – who are used to regular exercise – with many unanswered questions.
Today we’re sharing some forms of exercise that can help get patients back into their exercise routine.
Recovery Exercises Following Hysterectomy in Arizona
1. Breathing exercises: These are important as they help to clear the lungs and prevent lung infections. While sitting up in bed or in a chair by the bed, take a deep breath through your nose, hold 3 to 5 seconds, and release the air slowly through your mouth. When you inhale, make your ribcage expand.
2. Coughing exercises: These are used to help to clear the lungs of excess mucus. They can be painful if you have a wound in the abdomen. It helps when you use a pillow or a towel to support the wound while you try to cough.
3. Leg exercises: The day after your hysterectomy in Arizona, you may still have a catheter or a drip in your arm, which can make getting out of bed and walking around more difficult. You can still do certain leg exercises while you are lying in bed. Alternately pulling up and straightening your legs. Move your ankles by bending and stretching or make circular movements. These exercises will improve your blood circulation and prevent that you develop a blood clot after hysterectomy.
4. Walking: The day after your hysterectomy it is recommended that you get out of bed and start walking. The least painful and correct way of getting out of bed is by pulling up your legs one at the time and move your bottom away from the side of the bed, then slowly roll to your side. Use the arm that is on top to push yourself upright and at the same time lower your legs of the bed, so you get in a sitting position. Relax a few minutes before standing up as you may feel a bit dizzy.
5. Pelvic floor exercise: Before you start exercises that may put a strain on the pelvic floor, it’s recommended that you start by strengthening those muscles as they may be weakened or damaged from your surgery. Training the pelvic floor muscles is the best exercise you can do to prevent prolapse.
Vigorous Exercise after Hysterectomy in Arizona
You should avoid any exercise that creates intense abdominal exertion, stretching or puts extra pressure on the pelvic floor for at least 6 to 8 weeks following surgery. This depends on the type of hysterectomy surgery you had. Normally you are able to resume the following exercises after 6 weeks:
Wait until 8 weeks with the following exercises:
- Jogging /Running;
- Horseback riding;
- Aerobic classes;
- Racquet sports;
Starting strenuous activities too soon may cause internal injuries and delay your recovery.
After any surgery, one of the most difficult things is to resume your normal activities. After a hysterectomy, getting back to normal is a gradual process, and it may take weeks to improve your body’s strength, mobility, and flexibility. Therefore, it is important to start slowly and understand your limitations.
If you have any questions regarding the recovery process following a hysterectomy in Arizona, call our office today to schedule a consultation and we’ll be happy to address your concerns!