life after prolapse surgery

Life after prolapse surgery

A prolapse can be a common medical condition, especially among women who have given birth, and is due to the tissues supporting the pelvic muscles becoming weak. The forces bearing down on the pelvis and uterus are stronger than the muscles holding them up which leads to the prolapse itself. Luckily, prolapse surgery can solve this issue for you and help get your life back to normal.

What to expect from life after prolapse surgery

Whatever type of prolapse you have and the surgery needed to correct it, we are confident here at The Pelvic Clinic that you will experience great benefits from undergoing the procedure. Our surgeon, Mr Jonathan Broome, is an expert in his field and has seen just how fabulous life after prolapse surgery can be, from the patients he has treated.

The number one thing to expect is that you will get your quality of life back and be able to fully enjoy yourself again. Any pain or discomfort related to the prolapse will have been eliminated by the procedure, leaving you to return to how your life was pre-prolapse.

It can help you get healthier.

If you suffer from a prolapse, then it can severely limit some of the leisure activities you can do, particularly in relation to exercising. After prolapse surgery and the relevant recovery time, you should be able to take part in any exercise you like which will, in turn, benefit your future general health. This can even be true for past-times such as horse-riding which would be too painful prior to prolapse surgery.

Many ladies can return to doing the things they love the most more quickly than they anticipated. For others who are of child-rearing age, they can consider having another child – as a few of Mr Broome’s patients have decided to do. However, there is still a period of convalescence required by all.

Remember to take it easy at first.

As with all surgery, you must follow the recovery advice post-surgery to ensure you heal fully. Don’t lift anything heavy for around 6 weeks and drink plenty of water along with eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you happen to develop a cough, then see your GP straight away as this can cause a strain on the ligaments within your body.

If you need any further advice on prolapse surgery and how The Pelvic Clinic can help transform your life, get in touch today. Mr Broome has a very high success rate on the Sacrohysteropexy operation and has performed over 2000 prolapse repair operations with great results, to give you total peace of mind.

Recovering from prolapse surgery

Uterine prolapse is a condition that can occur in women after a particularly difficult vaginal delivery of a child. The pelvic floor muscles lose their ability to support the uterus properly, and it slips down; this impairs sexual functions and can cause bleeding, constipation and other symptoms. Often, prolapse surgery is the only way to treat the condition.

An alternative to hysterectomy, sacrohysteropexy is a surgery that mitigates uterine prolapse by resuspending the uterus using a synthetic mesh to lift it back into place, and Mr Jonathan Broome, our Consultant Gynaecologist, is one of the UK’s leading surgeons in this procedure. The corrective procedure comes in the form of open surgery or the less-invasive laparoscopic surgery using keyhole incisions. Mr Broomes method of inserting mesh is done through the abdomen which is a cleaner way than inserting it vaginally.

Whether you have a hysterectomy or sacrohysteropexy, some people tend to fear surgery not only because of the risks involved but because of its effect on daily life. Of course, any operation takes time to heal, but there are ways to help your recovery along.

First of all, nutrition is vital. While you are still in the hospital, they will recommend a specific diet, often liquid, that will help you to get better. Even though you might not be hungry, remember that your body needs the nutrients to heal. Sipping something sour or tangy like teas and bitters helps improve the appetite. Find something that suits your taste to get you in the mood for the essential act of eating.

Secondly, look after your immune system. Some drugs administered around surgery like antibiotics and general anaesthesia can lower your t-cell count. Be sure to have a proper intake of vitamins to keep your immune system healthy to defend your body against infections that will only extend your period of recovery. This is something you can do in the weeks and months prior to surgery by engaging in a healthy diet.

Finally, remember to exercise your body but not to strain yourself. Exercise helps blood flow and boosts your metabolism. It can be something as simple as taking a walk once in a while or stretching your legs and arms. Just to be careful; ask your physician when considering what form of exercise you want to undertake to avoid injuring yourself.

Most of all, exercise a measure of patience. The body needs time to heal and you will be happier if you let it do it properly. If you’d like to discuss the options for prolapse surgery available to you, contact us at The Pelvic Clinic today.

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Preparing yourself for prolapse repair surgery

Having surgery of any size can be a worrying thing and it is understandable that you will feel anxious or nervous before coming in for your treatment. Though it is important to remind yourself that, here at The Pelvic Clinic, we believe that prolapse repair surgery is the best option for the majority of people who suffer from a prolapse. It is also important to familiarise yourself with the process and be reassured by knowing what is involved.

Going in for surgical treatment is never an easy thing, but there are simple ways to prepare yourself mentally for what lies ahead. We’ll list some of the best ones here in today’s blog post.

1. Knowing what your treatment will involve can help to allay a great number of misguided fears surrounding your surgery. Find out all the information you need about the particular kind of operation that is going to be performed. By reading about the surgery yourself, you can be reassured that surgeons are experienced, such as Mr Jonathan Broome, who has performed over 1,000 procedures to return pelvic organs to their correct position.

2. Discuss your worries with a professional or family and friends. Often the biggest worries about surgery come from overthinking the situation and can be solved by having a conversation with a healthcare professional or someone close to you. Talking through what is making you anxious will almost certainly result in the issue seeming much lesser than it was. The prolapse surgery is straightforward and safe and it always helps to have a support network to remind you of that.

3. Think ahead to the life that this surgery will give you. Because it is performed laparoscopically, without any large incisions in your abdomen, prolapse repair surgery is a very quick and easy procedure, and usually requires only one night in hospital. It won’t be long until you are out and about again, and once you have recovered you can enjoy the benefits and peace of mind that follow.

And remember, don’t hesitate to contact us if you want more information on the prolapse repair surgery or answers to any other questions you might have.

How friends and family can help you recover from prolapse repair surgery

At The Pelvic Clinic, we pride ourselves on offering excellent care before, during and after our patients’ sacrohysteropexy surgeries. The prolapse repair surgery that we offer is straightforward and safe, but it’s still important to ensure that our patients are looked after properly. If you’ve suffered a prolapse, you can rest assured that we’ll give you the best care possible. However, once you leave the hospital, your family and friends will need to provide you with the care you need so that you can fully recover from your operation. Ergo, you may be wondering what practical things they can do to help you.

There are several ways friends and family can offer practical care following a sacrohysteropexy operation. We’ll list some of the most common ones in today’s blog entry.

1. Driving

You won’t be able to drive immediately after a sacrohysteropexy. In fact, it may take a few weeks before you are able to drive comfortably. Friends and family members can help you a great deal during this period simply by driving for you. They can either take you as a passenger whenever you need to go out or run errands for you that you can’t perform without driving somewhere.

2. Carrying heavy loads

During the recovery period, we strongly recommend that you don’t lift (or try to move) any heavy objects. Friends and relatives can assist you by carrying heavy bags of grocery shopping and other loads when necessary.

3. Helping around the house

There may be some household chores that you can’t undertake during your sacrohysteropexy recovery. Luckily, you don’t have to: your friends and family can step in to take over some of your chores and keep your home clean, tidy and liveable until you have fully recovered.

Having a support network of family and friends can be very beneficial when recovering from any type of operation (including a sacrohysteropexy). Don’t be afraid to ask for their help whenever you need assistance during your recovery. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want more information on the prolapse repair surgery we offer or the recovery period that follows this surgery.

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The power of positivity

Going through any form of surgery can be daunting, even if it’s relatively straightforward. The prolapse repair surgery that we offer here at The Pelvic Clinic is simple, safe and highly effective. Nonetheless, it’s understandable that you might feel tense or anxious before and after the surgery. That’s why we’ve decided to provide you with some tips on maintaining a positive attitude before, during and after your prolapse repair operation. A positive attitude can aide your recovery and make the surgery itself seem less intimidating.

1. Think statistically

In the run-up to your operation, it’s important to reassure yourself that the surgery will go smoothly. You may find it helpful to contemplate the statistics associated with our prolapse repair. Specifically, you should focus on the fact that our surgeon, Mr Jonathan Broome, has performed over one thousand sacrohysteropexy prolapse repair procedures and has a 100% success rate. This will help you remember that you have nothing to be anxious about and enable you to feel confident about your operation.

2. Talk openly

It’s easy for feelings of anxiety and stress to build up if you keep quiet about your prolapse or your upcoming prolapse repair surgery. That’s why we strongly recommend that you are completely open with your friends and loved ones about your problem and the steps you are taking to fix it. Being open about it will make your operation seem less major and scary. You can also talk through anything you might be concerned about and get the reassurance you need.

3. Get to know your surgeon

We recommend talking to us at The Pelvic Clinic and speaking to Mr Broome himself before your operation. Communicating with your surgeon can help you put your trust in them, which will enable you to feel at ease before and during your operation.

4. Focus on achievable goals

Most people recover from prolapse repair surgery very quickly, but nobody recovers instantly! After your surgery, don’t expect to be back to normal straight away. Focus on each stage of your recovery, one at a time. This will help you keep track of your recovery process and feel that you are making progress, thereby enabling you to maintain a positive attitude.

Positivity is important when confronting surgery, so follow the tips we’ve provided you with to ensure that you can feel happy and confident about your sacrohysteropexy.

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The dos and don’ts of post-prolapse recovery

There are several vital steps you must take after suffering a prolapsed uterus and to protect any prolapse repair you may have had. As with most areas of medicine there are definite dos and don’ts. Here’s a run down of what you should and shouldn’t be doing during your post surgery recovery.

Do…

• Spend time exercising your pelvic floor muscles. You should start exercises, like kegel exercises after you have received treatment and your specialist has cleared you to begin.

• Wear high quality underwear, such as support briefs, to help hold everything in place for you.

• Ensure you have regular and healthy bowel movements – i.e. avoid constipation and ensure you never strain.

• Alternate your activities between sitting and standing in order to avoid standing for prolonged periods. This is especially vital while you are in recovery from any kind of surgery to repair your pelvic floor.

• Complete any tasks or chores early in the day.

• Split your tasks so that you do them little but often, for example, vacuum over a few days rather than doing the whole house in one go. If you are overweight, lose any excess weight you are carrying, and ensure you stay in a healthy weight range.

• Rest in the afternoon and, when possible, elevate your legs.

• Maintain a good posture.

• If you suffer from chronic forms of hayfever, sneezing or coughing, speak to your doctor about managing them.

Don’t…

• Strain during bowel movements or allow yourself to become constipated.

• Do any pulling, pushing, heavy lifting, or bending.

• Smoke – aside from the general health risks, the associated coughing is very bad for prolapse recovery.

• Any high impact sports such as sit-ups, jogging, high impact aerobics and horse-riding.

• Any form of heavy resistance training.

• Intense abdominal or core body exercises.

• Become overweight.

For more information about prolapse surgery and repair, contact Mr Jonathan Broome at The Pelvic Clinic.

 

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Prolapse prevention tips for heavier individuals

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we often advise prolapse sufferers (and people who are at risk of prolapse) to take steps to manage their weight. Extra bodyweight can put a strain on the pelvic floor and make it harder to avoid or recover from a prolapse. However, we also understand that not everyone is in a position to limit their weight. Some people are naturally bigger than others, while others simply aren’t successful when it comes to dieting. It’s also inadvisable for individuals who are recovering from eating disorders to attempt to restrict their weight, in case it triggers a relapse.

If you aren’t able to lose weight, there’s no need to panic. There are plenty of other things you can do to prevent a prolapse; here are just three tips for everyday exercises:

1. Performing pelvic exercises

Extra weight can strain your pelvic floor, so it’s a good idea to strengthen it to counteract this strain. There are plenty of exercises that can help you do this. For example, wall squats, jumping jacks and crunches are all fantastic for building up your pelvic muscles. If you can’t perform more strenuous exercises (or think they might trigger a prolapse), its worth doing ordinary, gentle forms of exercise instead. Walking and cycling can improve your overall physical fitness and make your pelvic floor stronger.

2. Getting more fibre in your diet

Ensuring that you get enough fibre in your diet can drastically reduce your risk of prolapse. Fibre makes it easier to pass solid waste, thereby reducing the strain on your pelvic floor whenever you use the bathroom. If you’re carrying a little extra weight, this may help balance out the effect of the strain this weight puts on your pelvic floor. So eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains.

3. Avoiding heavy lifting

Avoid putting additional strain on your pelvic muscles by not lifting heavy objects. Lifting heavy objects on a regular basis can put more of a strain on your pelvic floor than being overweight, so it’s best to avoid this kind of lifting if you want to reduce your risk of a prolapse.

Of course, individuals of average weight can also use these methods to reduce their risk of prolapse. However, it’s particularly important for heavier individuals to put them into practice. Contact us for more information about prolapse prevention and prolapse repair surgery.

 

Health preparation for prolapsed uterus surgery

Health problems can make you feel helpless, especially if you’ve had uterus problems for some time and are worried about losing your chance to have children. Once you have opted for prolapsed uterus surgery, how can you put yourself back in control and prepare for surgery in a positive way?

Eating for recovery

As with all aspects of your health and well-being, eating a balanced diet before and after surgery is crucial. Nourishing your body in the right way helps support cell renewal and the healing process.

Many people rightly associate eating more fibre with a healthy bowel, eliminating waste and toxins. However, it also helps keep cholesterol and bile levels down, plus it improves your inflammatory response and blood pressure.

Put some juice in it

It’s a good time to check you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, particularly those rich in Vitamin C, which supports the process of healing body tissue. Don’t go to extremes though, as too much can result in thinning of your blood.

Foods rich in antioxidants can be an excellent way to rebalance your system after surgery. They are particularly prevalent in raw or juiced fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are fun to experiment with and an easily digestible source of “the good stuff”!

Caution and exercise

Preparing for surgery is also a good time to think about your intake of calories, particularly fat. Reducing this down will help you to avoid surgical complications.

Exercise is also important. Exercise releases endorphins and these interact with our brain to create positive feelings and improve our pain threshold.

You don’t have to take up running or hit the gym to make a difference. Walking and yoga are both excellent for improving circulation, strength and flexibility in your abdomen.

Lastly, a positive and calm attitude is proven to help prepare for and recover from surgery.

Try not to let a whirlwind of preparations and anxieties about your surgery overwhelm you. Feel free to ask the staff at The Pelvic Clinic any questions you have, and surround yourself with positive energy, people and experiences.

 

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Getting your life back after prolapse repair surgery

If you have been suffering from chronic pain as a result of a prolapse, your life may have been significantly disrupted. Pain can prevent you from carrying out day-to-day activities and doing things that you normally enjoy. Consequently, an untreated prolapse can completely change the way you live your life. Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we understand that, following prolapse repair surgery, physical recuperation is only the first stage of the recovery process. The second stage is getting your life back. To help with this crucial second stage, we’ve decided to provide you with some tips that will help you get back to normal life following a prolapse.

1. Make a point of meeting up with friends

If you lived with a prolapse for a long time before seeking prolapse repair surgery, the pain may have prevented you from pursuing an active social life. We recommend that you schedule meetings with your friends as soon as you feel well enough. Try to pursue social activities with them that you enjoyed before your life was disrupted by a prolapse. This will help you get used to going out with friends and enjoying a rich social life again.

2. Practice gentle exercises

Doing gentle exercises can help you recover physically after receiving prolapse repair surgery. However, it can also help restore your confidence and sense of autonomy. Taking control of your body again while recovering from a prolapse can be psychologically beneficial. Once you have built up your confidence and sense of self-determination, you will find it much easier to take charge of your life and get back to normal.

3. Get back to work gradually

If you’ve had to take a lot of time off work due to the pain caused by your prolapse, you may find it hard to get back into the rhythm of the working day. We recommend that you don’t push yourself too hard. Go back to work when you feel ready, but don’t feel obliged to take on all your old responsibilities straight away. Talk to your employers about gradually increasing the hours you work or the responsibilities you have over a period of a couple of weeks. This will give you chance to reacclimatise yourself to the working environment. You will have the chance to build yourself up until you are able to take on your old role.

Here at The Pelvic Clinic, we believe that recovering your life is just as important as recovering your health after prolapse repair surgery. Feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

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Exercises to avoid following prolapse surgery

Gentle exercise after undergoing prolapsed uterus surgery can aid the recovery process, and many women find exercising helps them to get their life back to some kind of normality again.

Yet, knowing which exercises you can and can’t do is important to ensure you recover well from the sacrohysteropexy procedure, and to avoid putting undue pressure on the pelvic floor, which may result in further uterus problems. Here are some exercises to avoid.

Sit-ups

Sit-ups are designed to help strengthen your abdominal muscles, where you lie on your back and pull your torso up to a sitting position without using your arms. As well as the traditional sit-up, there are different variations of the sit-up, including incline sit-ups, oblique sit-ups and sit-ups using an exercise ball. Although these are excellent abdominal core exercises, they’re too intense for someone who has just had prolapse surgery, so avoid them until you are fully recovered.

Intense yoga or Pilates

Yoga and Pilates can help in your recovery following prolapse surgery, but it’s essential to know which types of movements or positions are safe to follow. Some may be too intense or strenuous and could cause the downward movement of the pelvic floor. Deep squat poses, for example, put pressure on the pelvic region, while forward bend poses also increase downward pressure on the pelvis. Some poses can be modified to reduce pressure, but seek expert guidance before resuming these activities following surgery.

Weight lifting

It’s a well-known fact that heavy lifting following prolapse repair should be avoided, so if you usually lift weights at the gym, you’ll need to give them a miss for a good while. Even simple tasks such as carrying shopping bags or lifting up children can put a strain on the uterus, so heavy lifting of any type is not advisable at this time.

Running

Running is a high impact sport, which puts downward pressure on the pelvic region. It is, therefore, not a recommended activity during the recovery phase following prolapse surgery. Other high impact exercises, such as horseriding and aerobics, should also be avoided at this time.

So the best form of exercise is walking. Start off gently and build up as you feel comfortable to a faster pace. If you have any questions, please contact us at The Pelvic Clinic.