Postoperative activity instructions after pelvic surgery

Are restrictions really necessary?

  • After surgery women have equal levels of physical activity, with or without restrictions
  • Less worries about pelvic symptoms in women without restrictions
  • Researchers recommend not to impose restrictions post surgery

After pelvic reconstructive surgery, women are able to use their common sense, they do not need movement- and lifting restrictions to guide them during the first few weeks after surgery. Results from objective accelerometers showed that in the first six weeks, women had equal levels of physical activity independently of the provided instructions after surgery. This is concluded by two American researchers who performed a randomised controlled trial consisting of 146 female participants with a mean age of 60 years.


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