SRC Michelle Kenway Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises For Avoiding Post-Operative Complications E-Book


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Physical Therapy guidance for you to move safely and exercises that help you avoid major complications and common side effects of hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy Recovery Exercises e-Book Contents

Section 1 Essential Exercises Immediately After Surgery
1. Deep Breathing Exercises
2. Protecting When You Cough
3. Circulation Exercises

Section II Moving Well After Hysterectomy
4. Bed Resting Position
5. How to Move in Bed
6. How to Move out of Bed
7. How to Return Back into Bed
8. Correct Standing Posture
9. Bed Exercises After Surgery

Section 111 Managing Your Bladder and Bowel
10. How to Empty Your Bowels After Hysterectomy
11. Exercises for Relieving Gas Pain After Hysterectomy
12. How to Empty Your Bladder After Hysterectomy
13. Troubleshooting Common Bladder Emptying Problems

Section IV Early Stage Exercise and Activity Guide
14. Walking Guide for After Hysterectomy
15. Techniques for Supporting Your Pelvic Floor
16. Short-Term Activity Guide for Home

Hysterectomy Recovery Physical Therapy Exercises

Professional exercises and techniques for early hysterectomy recovery that help you:

  1. Move safely
  2. Minimise pain
  3. Prevent some major hysterectomy complications (e.g. chest problems)
  4. Manage and avoid common hysterectomy side effects (e.g. constipation, lower back pain, gas, bladder emptying)
  5. Minimise loss of fitness after surgery
  6. Resume appropriate activity after surgery.


This user friendly hysterectomy recovery exercise guide is ideal when preparing for and recovering from:

  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Vaginal hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Combined hysterectomy and prolapse surgery.

Post-Operative Hysterectomy Complications and Side Effects

Having a hysterectomy increases the risks of some serious post-operative complications and common side effects.

  • Serious post-operative complications include blood clots in the lungs and bladder problems
  • Common side effects include pain and difficulty moving, constipation, gas (wind) pain, bladder emptying difficulties and lower back pain
  • Short-term problems include decreased strength, fitness and flexibility
  • Long-term problems may include prolapse and bladder complications.

Fortunately these hysterectomy complications and common side effects can be avoided or readily managed with the Physical Therapy exercises and techniques outlined in this book.

Benefits of Early Exercise After Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy Recovery teaches you simple Physical Therapy exercises to help you:

  • Avoid chest complications
  • Move safely after your surgery
  • Minimise discomfort moving
  • Relieve lower back pain and stiffness
  • Empty your bowels and bladder
  • Relieve gas pain
  • Protect your pelvic floor
  • Maintain fitness and minimise physical deterioration
  • Return safely to home activities

Book Details

  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist exercises
  • Colour illustrations
  • 38 pages
  • ISBN 978-0-646-99101-6

About the Author

Michelle Kenway is an Australian Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, author of the Inside Out series of books and exercise DVDs  and women’s exercise leader. Michelle has extensive private practice and hospital-based experience. She has lectured widely to health professionals and promotes community health through her writing, radio segments, online exercise videos and presentations to community groups. Michelle holds dual post graduate physiotherapy qualifications in women’s health and exercise and she is passionate about helping women to exercise and stay active for their physical and emotional well being.

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