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Pelvic Surgeries

The Role of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in Pelvic Surgeries

Pelvic surgeries are often necessary to address medical conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, or gynecological issues. While these surgeries can improve quality of life, they can also impact the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles. Pelvic floor physical therapy plays an important role in the pre-operative and post-operative stages of pelvic surgeries. Pelvic floor physical therapy helps with preparation, recovery, and overall rehabilitation after surgery.


Before pelvic surgery, patients can benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy to strengthen and prepare the pelvic floor muscles. Strengthening these muscles can improve outcomes by  providing support to the pelvic organs. Physical therapy can educate patients about post-surgery exercises and techniques to reduce complications and have a smooth recovery. 


A strong pelvic floor can contribute to more successful surgical outcomes. When pelvic floor muscles are at their best, surgeons can perform the surgery more easily, and this lessens the risk of complications. Pelvic floor physical therapy can enhance the effectiveness of the surgical procedure and promote better overall results.


After pelvic surgery, the pelvic floor muscles may experience weakness, tightness, or scar tissue formation. Through exercises and manual therapy, physical therapists can help patients regain strength, flexibility, and function in the pelvic floor.


Pelvic surgeries can lead to post-operative pain and discomfort. Pelvic floor physical therapy employs pain management techniques, such as relaxation exercises, gentle stretches, and massage, to slow discomfort and increase healing. By managing pain effectively, patients can participate more actively in their recovery.


Some pelvic surgeries temporarily impact bladder and bowel function. Pelvic floor physical therapy can provide patients with techniques to manage and improve this. Therapists can guide patients on bladder and bowel training, pelvic floor exercises, and lifestyle adjustments to regain control with everyday activities.


Pelvic surgeries can sometimes affect sexual function due to changes in the pelvic floor or nerve damage. Pelvic floor physical therapy can address these concerns by working on muscle coordination and relaxation. By promoting proper blood flow and reducing muscle tension, physical therapy can contribute to restoring sexual function.


Pelvic floor physical therapy is a part of the pre-operative and post-operative journey for individuals with pelvic surgeries. By strengthening and rehabilitating the pelvic floor muscles, patients can have good surgical outcomes, reduced pain, and enhanced recovery. 


If you are preparing for or have recently undergone pelvic surgery, considering pelvic floor physical therapy can be a great step.

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About Dr. Bhavti Soni 

Founder & CEO, Pelvic Health Specialist

Dr. Soni is a pelvic health expert and has been practicing pelvic physical therapy since 12 years and has been a PT since 15 years. She has extensive education in pelvic health and has been  part of expert panels, global conferences and pelvic health courses where she teaches other Pelvic PTs.  She worked in New York City with leading pelvic pain specialists for 4 years before moving to NJ in 2018 to raise a family and started her own premier Pelvic PT practice. She lives with her husband and 3 year old son.

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