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Blake Johnson 05-14-2009 12:39 PM

CFing with a hysterectomy
I am working with a 52 year old highly motivated woman who will be having a hysterectomy in two weeks. She was told by her physician following the proceedure she will never be able to lift heavy things again because 'something could fall out'. Anyone with experience that can debunk or validate that opinion?

Blake- Fergus Falls, MN

Steven Low 05-14-2009 08:26 PM

Re: CFing with a hysterectomy
It's possible that you can get a prolapse..... heavy lifting elevates intra-abdominal pressure which if there is a lot of laxity down there can basically invert out of the vaginal cavity......

You can always have her get a second opinion, but from what I know that one is definitely probably valid. Although it maybe somewhat exaggerated.

Tirzah Harper 05-15-2009 06:23 AM

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If she doesn't want to accept that verdict, seeking a second/third/etc. opinion isn't unwarranted. I know I'd chase down doctors until I found someone who could do SOMETHING about it (hernia truss, anyone?).

Robert Pierce 05-16-2009 04:45 AM

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The uterus isn't a cork that holds everything in.

The condition is pelvic relaxation or genitial prolapse, and it is actually an [I]indication[/I] for hysterectomy in many cases.

IMHO, the above advice is baloney. Once healed, say in 6-12 weeks, normal activities can be resumed. WFS: [url][/url] [url][/url]

Elizabeth Hall 05-16-2009 05:11 AM

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I am 34 yrs old. At 32, I had a total hysterectomy (cervix and uterus) and I had a rectocele repair (prolapse of my rectum into my vagina, sorry TMI). I was told I will get another rectocele in probably 10 yrs since I was so young to get one in the first place. I wasn't given any lifting restriction permantently, but it is common that there may be a lifting restriction to try and prevent a prolapse later down the road. I didn't have a prolapsed bladder at the time, but since my hysterectomy have started developing that (probably from carrying my 25lbs daughter around) The other day jumping rope, I really noticed that. The uterus isn't a cork that holds it all together, but without it you leave empty space for organs to shift. I think especially when the cervix is removed also.
This is just my opinion and my experience.
Although, I don't techincally have a lifting restriction, I tend to err on the side of caution.

Blake Johnson 05-18-2009 07:00 AM

Re: CFing with a hysterectomy
Thanks for the input everyone. Elizabeth was your rectocele repair a result of lifting and how soon following the hysterectomy did it occur?


Elizabeth Hall 05-18-2009 05:29 PM

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Blake~ I had the rectocele repaired the same time as I had my hysterectomy. I have 4 kids and had the rectocele before I had my 3rd and
4th kids. So I had it quite awhile, it just slowly got worse over time. I'm not sure how I got it in the first place. I'm just trying to prevent another one! LOL

John Velandra 07-03-2009 12:20 PM

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Hi all!
I hope to revive this thread. I have an competitive athlete approximately 49yo who will be having an abd hyster in the next three months. We are aggressively working on nutrition and strength training (as well as metcon) for her surgery and post rehab. During this time, I want to work up a post-rehab protocol for her. Possibly looking at alternatives to conventional HRT, supplementation, etc.

Suggestions or places to look? I checked on the PM forum and found nothing so will be starting a thread over there soon.

Elizabeth, any input you can give would be greatly appreciated. Either as PM or on thread.


Karin Jonczak 07-03-2009 03:26 PM

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I think it would be appropriate to look at rehab from any type of invasive abdominal surgery...

John Velandra 07-03-2009 03:32 PM

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Of course it would... I'm not sure what you meant.

Karin Jonczak 07-03-2009 05:26 PM

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[QUOTE=John Velandra;618354]Of course it would... I'm not sure what you meant.[/QUOTE]

People just seem to think that a hysterectomy is 'special' for some reason...

sorry, I really wasn't helpful at all was I???


John Velandra 07-03-2009 05:38 PM

Re: CFing with a hysterectomy
Not really...
So are you saying it's no big deal?

Wendy Pace 09-11-2009 06:18 PM

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Kicking this back to the surface. Just found out I'll be getting a hysterectomy in about two weeks. I have multiple fibroids that have just started causing a great deal of headache/bodyache pain. The doctor said I have the option of having them removed, but I'm 40, no kids and no plans for any (though I'm open to adopting).

Considering the previous posts about empty spaces and shifting organs, would it be more advisable to have a partial hysterectomy, leaving the cervix intact? (I was given that option as well).

Recovery time: I teach elementary school music and do a lot of moving around during classes. What is a reasonable time frame to allow healing enough to teach at least half days, and how long should I lay off the wods?

Any advice on nutrition is welcome as well. Currently I'm eating about 80% Paleo.

John V, did your client have her surgery yet?

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