Surgery to repair a prolapsed uterus can transform women’s lives – in time, allowing them to get back to a full and active routine without uterine pain.
If you’re about to undergo prolapse surgery, or have just had such an operation, here are a few key rules from The Pelvic Clinic to ensure a good recovery:
* Don’t do any heavy lifting for six weeks – this puts a strain on the abdomenal muscles. Avoid lifting children, heavy boxes or heavy bags of shopping, and take care when out dog walking. A large dog pulling on a lead can also be a problem.
* Eat well and ensure you drink plenty of water – this will help prevent you becoming constipated, and avoid putting a strain on your pelvic area. Increase your intake of green, leafy vegetables, pulses, and fresh fruit, and increase the amount of water you’re drinking. Avoid cakes and biscuits.
* Don’t drive until you can sit in a car seat comfortably with the seat belt on – you also need to be able to perform an emergency stop comfortably. We advise waiting two weeks after surgery.
* Take things slowly – most women reduce their analgaesia when they are at home, but as they do more, they may suffer some discomfort. Be aware of when you need pain relief, and take your recovery slowly.
* Wait a few weeks to resume having sex – it takes around two weeks for internal bruising to subside, the internal sutures to dissolve, and your body to recover from the surgery.
* If you develop a cough, see your GP for advice – coughing can put a strain on the muscles and ligaments in the same way lifting does, and you should avoid it.
If you follow our tips, your quality of life could be transformed. Our surgeon Mr Jonathan Broome has successfully performed more than 1,000 procedures to return pelvic organs to their correct positions without the need for a hysterectomy.
One patient told us: “Thank you ever so much for giving me my life back. I can now plan ahead for holidays and nights out without worrying about whether or not I will be well enough to go.”
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us via our contact page.