Post-Operative Rehab

How can physical therapy help?

Receiving the care you need after a pelvic or abdominal surgery is just as important as receiving routine post-operative care after an orthopedic surgery such as knee surgery or shoulder surgery. However, it is not as common place for doctors to refer to pelvic health physical therapy routinely after pelvic surgery.

Our abdomen and pelvis is the foundation of our core system, and surgery to this region can disrupt it’s natural function. Many times, surgery is required to address issues that cannot be fixed through more conservative means, such as severe pelvic organ prolapse, severe urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids and heavy bleeding, and abdominal hernias, but it is imperative to address the underlying causes (if able, depending on the condition) so that the surgery is successful long term.

Below are surgeries that would benefit from post-operative care to ensure full return to function and feeling your best:

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse surgery: bladder, urethra, uterus, rectum
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometriosis excision surgery
  • Bladder sling
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Diastatis Rectus Abdominus repair
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Perineal tearing during childbirth
  • Vestibulectomy

If your doctor does not automatically recommend seeing a pelvic health PT you can be your own advocate and request a referral, or in many cases, depending on your insurance, you may have “direct access” which allows you to see a physical therapist without a physician referral.

Speak with a Mendwell pelvic health therapist today to understand how we can help you can get back to feeling your best.