Prolapse surgery is a far less extreme measure than a hysterectomy, and can be performed to realign the uterus after a prolapse, giving women the opportunity to have more children. Prolapse surgery is still a serious procedure, though, and will take quite a long time to recover from. Here are some tips that should help you recover as quickly as possible after this surgical procedure.
Eat plenty of fibre
You will probably be prescribed a series of painkillers to help you manage your pain after you have undergone prolapse repair, as it will take a while for the pain to die down and you will be in some discomfort. Painkillers such as dihydrocodeine can make you constipated, which is why it is important to eat plenty of fibre and fruit during this time, to ease your bowels and prevent any other problems.
Drink lots of water
Many people don’t like water; they will substitute tea and coffee or juice and fizzy drinks for water when they are thirsty. In the weeks following a prolapse operation, you must ensure that you drink as much water as you can and not anything else, as only water will help your bladder function properly. Caffeine, which is found in tea and coffee and some fizzy drinks, can actually irritate the bladder, which can cause problems for you later on.
Move around as soon as possible
After any serious operation it can be tempting to stay in bed for a few days because of the pain, but actually your body will heal much more effectively if you start to move around and be active as quickly as you can. Moving around also limits the possibility that you will develop blood clots, which could develop into deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, both of which can be very serious.
Do pelvic floor exercises
It is important that you get the muscles in your pelvic floor working again as soon as possible to prevent further prolapse or urinary and anal incontinence. Kegel exercises involve tightening your muscles as if you were trying to stop the flow of urine when you are going to the toilet. Perform these throughout the day as often as you can.
If you have questions about having prolapse surgery, then please do contact us. We can provide valuable advice.