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A year ago i had a hysterectomy because my uterus was prolapsing. 4 months after that my intestines started to prolapse. I was told I had very thin skin in that area. 5 weeks ago I had rectocele surgery for my intestine prolapse. They were going to use mesh but said my skin was to thin. They just used my own tissue/skin some how. i like to lift weights and pick up my children but now im concerned that I will never be able to lift anything heavy again because of my thin skin. Is this true?

Reply by Keita Sakon, MD

Well, lifting something heavy or increasing pressure inside the abdomen could make your prolapse worse.

After prolapse surgery I have patients not lift > 30lbs x 4 weeks. I have heard of some others instructing patients to not to lift x 8 weeks. There is no good data to support what time period is best, but it's a good idea not to strain too much for "several" weeks at least.

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09-13-2011 - 04:09 PM


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