A wise grad school professor once told our class, “Surgery is always trauma.”
And it has stuck with me 15 years later. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for surgery – certainly, surgery is sometimes necessary. But it means that we should approach surgery with caution. Have we exhausted ALL other options?
No simple surgery doesn’t come with trauma to our bodies. Don’t be fooled into thinking that b/c surgery is commonplace or done every day, it won’t require proper recovery.
That being said, the most common surgeries in women’s health are C-sections and hysterectomies. Both “should” require a trip to your local pelvic floor PT, but this is often not the case. Most often, we do not get a referral, and this is such a disservice to YOU b/c there is so much that we can do to help with your recovery AND help with some of the long-term effects of surgery.
Do you know how many women I talk to who have NEVER been told that scar tissue mobilization over a c-section scar is necessary? That the scar can actually adhere down to the fascia and abdominal muscles themselves, affecting core function?
Or that the uterus is a major support structure to the entire pelvic bowl, and removing it could cause new or worsening pelvic organ prolapse, weakness, incontinence, and pain? There may be a necessary reason to remove it, but there will be a consequence, and why not help our patients thrive after surgery vs. struggle with these consequences on their own?
Have you had a c-section or hysterectomy? Have you received the help of a pelvic floor PT? It’s not too late for help! Download my FREE month of women’s health exercises!
And If you’d like some 1-1 help, I’d love to serve you! Whether you’d like some help getting stronger after a c-section, you’re having some lingering issues post-hysterectomy, or you’d like to work on your c-section scar, I’d love to help you feel your best!
If you’ve had a c-section or hysterectomy, what advice would you give to someone considering one?👇🏼