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Recovery after Prostate or Gynaecological Surgery and the Role of Physiotherapy.

Recovering from prostate or gynaecological surgeries can be challenging but having the right support in place can make a big difference.

Here are some common side effects and exercises that may help during the recovery process:
1. Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Prostate surgery can sometimes cause ED. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises, such as Kegels, may help improve blood flow and support sexual function.
2. Urinary Incontinence: Both prostate and gynecological surgeries can lead to urinary incontinence. Pelvic floor exercises, known as Kegels, can help strengthen the muscles that control urination.
3. Changes in Urinary Function: Sometimes, surgeries can affect urinary function. Discussing any changes with a healthcare professional is essential, as they can provide advice and exercises to help manage these symptoms.
4. Infertility: Radiation therapy and certain surgeries can impact fertility. It’s important for individuals to discuss these concerns with their healthcare provider before the surgery to explore preservation options.
5. Pain and Discomfort: Surgical areas may be painful and uncomfortable. Physiotherapists can provide supportive exercises and techniques to help manage pain and improve mobility.
6. Scarring: Prostate and gynaecological surgeries can result in visible scarring. Physiotherapists can provide guidance on scar management techniques, such as gentle massaging and stretching exercises, to help minimize the appearance of scars.
7. Lymphedema: Lymphedema, or swelling of the limbs, can occur due to damage to the lymphatic system during surgery. Physiotherapy techniques, such as manual lymphatic drainage and compression bandaging, can help manage lymphedema.
8. Emotional and Psychological Impact: Surgery can have a significant impact on emotional well-being. Seeking support from healthcare professionals, counselors, or support groups
can be helpful in managing anxiety, depression, or stress.
In addition to these potential side effects, physiotherapy can play a crucial role in the recovery process. Physiotherapists can provide tailored exercises to help regain strength, improve mobility, and manage post-surgical complications.

Some exercises that may be beneficial during recovery include:

1. Pelvic floor strengthening exercises: These exercises, such as Kegels, can help improve bladder control and sexual function.
2. Postural exercises: Surgery in the pelvic region can sometimes lead to changes in posture. Performing exercises to strengthen the core and improve posture can help prevent back pain and maintain overall stability.
3. Low-impact cardiovascular exercises: Engaging in low-impact exercises like walking, cycling, or swimming can help improve cardiovascular health and overall fitness without putting too much strain on the body.
4. Stretching exercises: Stretching can help maintain flexibility, prevent muscle imbalances, and improve overall mobility. Targeted stretches for the pelvic area, lower back, and hip flexors can be beneficial.

Remember, it’s important to consult with a physiotherapist or healthcare professional before starting any exercise program after surgery. They can assess your individual needs, guide you on the appropriate exercises, and ensure proper technique and progression.

At Mind Heart Body Centre, our experienced physiotherapists are here to support you in your recovery journey after prostate or gynaecological surgery. We provide personalised exercise programs, monitor your progress closely, and offer guidance and support every step of the way. Trust us to help you achieve a full and successful recovery.

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