Post-Surgical Care and Pelvic Physical Therapy
How Pelvic PT Reduces Complications after Surgeries
WHAT IS POST-SURGICAL CARE?
Nearly every surgery - from ankle to neck - is followed by multiple visits to physical therapy to help restore normal motion and function. Unfortunately, many times patients don't get this therapy after pelvic or abdominal surgeries, but restoring normal function to these vital parts of the body is crucial after the trauma of a surgery.
Without treatment, scar tissue can adhere, or stick, to the tissue underneath, causing restrictions that can result in dysfunction and pain. Scar tissue should move and feel just like the skin around it. But for more than half of surgeries, scar tissue does adhere and can cause symptoms ranging from pain to constipation to incontinence.
Surgery is always traumatic for the body, and causes inflammation and pain at the surgical site. With pelvic and abdominal surgeries, many patients notice they have symptoms beginning during their surgical recovery, because these issues haven't been addressed.
Common pelvic and abdominal surgeries include:
Any Other GI or Gynecological Surgery
HOW DOES PELVIC PT HELP?
Physical therapy works to restore normal function to an area following surgery. It can break up scar tissue to make sure the scar doesn't adhere and cause pain or restriction.
Working with a PT can also help regain strength and range of motion in the area and making sure muscles are working properly and in concert.
Physical therapy is routine after every other type of surgery to promote full recovery. Why would pelvic or abdominal surgeries - in such a sensitive area of the body - be the exception?
"The excellent and precise treatment I have received has shifted me from a plateau where I was still very disabled, despite nearly three years of varied treatments, to feeling nearly pain-free for a full two weeks! I had given up hope that I would ever experience anything more than a temporary respite from intractable pain. I am extremely grateful!"
Of C-section surgeries result in scar adhesion, causing pelvic and abdominal pain and symptoms.
THE PELVICSANITY DIFFERENCE
At PelvicSanity, your physical therapist will be a specialist in the field and an expert in post-surgical care and recovery. Many of our patients have been to multiple doctors for their symptoms before finding success here at PelvicSanity.
We believe full-length sessions are crucial to success with pelvic PT, so all appointments at PelvicSanity are an hour in length and spent entirely with a pelvic floor specialist. You’ll never be hooked up to electrodes, see an aide instead of a physical therapist, or be told to ‘just do your Kegels.’ We create a positive, calm environment for healing in private treatment rooms.
We also believe the pelvic floor can’t be treated in isolation, so your treatment will address both the pelvic floor and the external muscles that connect and influence the entire pelvis for optimal results.
YOUR INITIAL EVALUATION
Your initial evaluation will be an hour in length, and have three major components:
Consultation: Most of our patients have been to multiple doctors, but have never really felt listened to in their appointments. In your initial evaluation you’ll have a chance to go through your medical history with your physical therapist. We’ll listen to you and ask about your personal goals for physical therapy.
Assessment: Next your physical therapist will do a complete assessment. They will look at your posture, hip and pelvic alignment, fascia, scar tissue, and anything else influencing your pelvis. Then they will do an internal evaluation, looking for trigger points and dysfunction within the pelvic floor muscles.
Treatment: We also want to know how your body responds to treatment, so your initial evaluation also includes targeted treatment. You’ll also leave with ‘homework’ that you can be doing in between your visits to build on the improvements with physical therapy.
The second I walk through the door at Pelvic Sanity, I instantly feel better. The environment is wonderfully calming, and I know I'm always in good hands.
Even 'minimally invasive' surgeries create scar tissue, inflammation and dysfunction.