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Weightlifting after Cystocele Repair

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weightlifting exercise after cystocele repairWill I be able to continue lifting weights after cystocele repair surgery? What if I just don’t have the surgery?


Most women who have celes repaired are limited in the amount they are permitted to lift for the rest of their lives. If you lift more than 20 pounds, you may be risking a recurrence of your cystocele or worse damage. Like hernias, celes are caused by weakened tissues that will always remain susceptible to bulges and tears. You will have to treat them gently.

If you are currently lifting very large amounts of weight, it is likely that it is contributing to your cystocele. If you choose not to have the cystocele repaired and continue weightlifting, it is highly likely your prolapse will worsen, perhaps rapidly. Though you can ask your doctor about trying a pessary—a medical device inserted into the vagina to help support the vaginal structure—it will not cure your cystocele, and your powerlifting might even force the pessary out.

HysterSisters strongly caution against pushing the weight lifting limit given by your doctor. Your body is telling you that your activity is too much, so listen to it. The Sisters understand the sense of loss and even grief that comes from having to give up things that you are passionate about and form a part of your identity. But your health is more important. Ask your physician for advice about activities you can do after your cystocele repair that will help you to channel all that passion and energy in a new direction without risking your body further.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-06-2011 - 04:35 AM


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