I just had POP surgery 7/2015 Have been look everywhere for answers for post op and tips on coping. Just came across this site. Please reply. Looking for "comfort" feeling like I can't get comfortable any where!
Hi there. Glad you have found us. Sorry you are so uncomfortable but as you know this is early days for you in terms of healing. Good to hear you are on the healing side though.
No lifting obviously... Do little walks around the house. Have you tried using ice wrapped up to apply to help with the swelling?
Make sure you have your pain killing meds and take a stool softener... remember no straining.
Can you get your meals cooked for you at all?
Try to get hold of a copy of Sherrie Palms book 'Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic' if you can as this has lots of hints and tips for recovery as well as other POP info.
Some ladies get babies diapers and put ice in them and cover the ice then apply this to the area.
How long have you been given for recovery? Most ladies say it takes about 12 weeks to get past the main part of the major healing, and then there are further stages as you go along. Ask for referral to see a womens physio therapist for when you are ready to start to strengthen your PF as well. Dont rush this but be sure to see a PT if at all possible as this can be very important in healing and strengthening for long term recovery.
Remember that the better you heal the better your repairs will be, so dont rush getting back to activities including work. Life long limitation in terms of weight lifting and any activity that increases your abdominal pressure like sits ups etc.. are all contraindicated for POP pre or post op, so you may need to reconsider your life style, like no running. However, walking is good when you are all healed you can increase your walking, look at the Hab-it system of PF exercise, and continue with PT as well as look at swimming etc for fitness. All this is way ahead though and I understand that where you are now you need to take each step at a time, and if you are worried about any aspect of your healing be sure to contact your surgeon and discuss any problems you are having.
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