Have you recently had or are scheduled for surgery in or around your pelvis?
Pelvic surgery refers to any surgery done in the pelvic area, including the following:
- Prolapse repair (this includes both anterior, posterior and apical vaginal wall prolapse)
- Prostate surgery
- Radical prostatectomy
- Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
- Inguinal hernia repair
- Oophorectomy/salpingectomy (ovaries and/or fallopian tube removal)
- Endometriosis surgery (this includes a laparoscopic surgery)
- Gender affirming surgeries
- Surgery following pelvic cancers (this includes uterine, cervical, endometrial, bowel, rectal, bladder and many others!)
- Surgeries for stress incontinence (bladder leakage)
Why Go to Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can help with many different aspects of surgery, both before and after. Many times the surgery is working on the organs and tissues within the pelvis, but what about the muscles within that area? The muscles inside of our pelvis are not commonly ones that we are familiar with. Nobody teaches us! It is important to know how to locate these muscles, understand their importance to the pelvis and the rest of the body, and learn how to train them. This can often require a specially-trained Physiotherapist to assess and treat this area.
Do you know many of us do not properly activate our pelvic floor muscles (also referred to as a “kegel”) in the correct way! Training the pelvic floor is not a one size fits all exercise and everyone requires an individualised treatment plan according to the assessment findings and surgery that has occurred. Training these muscles appropriately can be really helpful for a successful surgical outcome long term.
It is always recommended to come in for an appointment prior to having a pelvic surgery. This phase helps you get ready for the surgery by ensuring you have the skills and tools necessary for both the surgery and the early days post op (including activities of daily living at home and toileting after a surgery).
Return to Activity
As you continue to progress through your treatment plan it is important to get you back to the activities that you enjoy! This can be workouts at the gym, participation in sports or running around in the yard with your kids. It’s all up to you!
We look forward to working with you!