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Do I Need Pelvic PT After a Pelvic or Abdominal Surgery?

In short, yes! There's a reason every other surgery - foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, back, elbow, hand, and many more - automatically results in you going to physical therapy to recover.



Physical therapists are the experts in guiding recovery. Making sure you continue to move well. Guiding your body's healing response. Ensuring scar tissue doesn't stick or 'adhere' and create problems.


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And with the exception of pelvic and abdominal surgeries, you'll automatically be referred to physical therapy to get post-surgical help.


Except in the areas where your most essential bodily functions happen!


These surgeries are huge risk factors for later instances of pelvic pain, urinary issues, bowel and constipation problems, painful intercourse, and more.


The good news - no matter how long it's been, seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist can help you get back your proper motion, clear up scar tissue and relieve symptoms.


Here is a partial list of the surgeries pelvic PT can (and should!) help with. Also, if you're considering a surgery, make sure you 'pre-hab' with a pelvic PT. Often we can help you avoid the surgery entirely, but if not we can set you up for success and ensure you get the best possible outcome!


Abdominal Surgeries:


  • Gall bladder

  • Hernia repair

  • Appendectomy

  • Bowel resection

  • Tummy tuck

  • Breast augmentation

  • Abdominal wall repair

  • Any surgery that leaves a scar on the abdomen or goes in through the belly button (even if it's just a small incision)


Delivery Surgeries and Wounds:


  • C-Section

  • Episiotomy

  • Tearing with delivery (any grade)


Pelvic/Gynecologic Surgeries:


  • Hysterectomy

  • Endo surgeries

  • Prolapse repair

  • Bladder slings

  • Urethral surgeries

  • Any pelvic cancer surgeries

  • Prostatectomy

  • Fibroids and cysts

  • Gender affirming surgery

  • And anything else done 'down there!'


While it's frustrating you likely weren't told about pelvic PT to help prevent or recover from these surgeries, it's never too late!


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As Nicole said in the full 'sode of the podcast on this topic...


"Pelvic PTs are screaming from the rooftops that doctors need to be sending their patients to pelvic PT after surgery." -Nicole Cozean, Pelvic Sanity

If you’re dealing with pelvic health issues, make sure you join our free FB support group (Finding Pelvic Sanity), follow us for more information on Instagram (@pelvicsanity) and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify for wherever you get your podcasts!


 

Who are we at PelvicSanity?


At PelvicSanity, it's our mission to support patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor symptoms, regardless of where you live. We can help with:

- In-person treatment for those in Southern California at the PelvicSanity clinic

- Immersive Out-of-Town program for those able to travel

- Remote Consultations to get you expert 1:1 help, advice and an action plan

- Online patient courses on Interstitial Cystitis and Movement for Pelvic Health

- A Facebook support group for patients called Finding Pelvic Sanity.


 


Nicole Cozean

Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.


Named Physical Therapist of the Year, Dr. Nicole is author of the award-winning book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution and the first PT to serve on the ICA Board of Directors, Her passion is helping those with pelvic health issues - regardless of where they live - find lasting relief.

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