Question: I’ve been told that there are a number of things I need to avoid after I have my hysterectomy next month; however I haven’t been told what they are. Can you give me some information please.
Our Answer: The most common things you need to avoid are bending from the waist (say to take washing out of a machine or picking things up from the floor), stretching (say to get something from a high shelf in a cupboard) and lifting anything that is too heavy. However, what is classed as too heavy is variable depending on you and your own body. With each of these actions you use your abdominal muscles extensively and most of the time we aren’t aware of doing so. After a hysterectomy bending, stretching and lifting are using muscles which will have been traumatised by surgery.