I am almost 4 months post op and I cannot get my tummy to go down. I exercise 5 times a week and I have been eating very healthy since my surgery. Someone suggested that I get a "panty girdle" because it will strengthen my stomach muscles. She explained that with an abdominal hysterectomy the stomach muscles are cut and need to be strengthened. Has anyone heard this? Does it work? Any other suggestions on getting a flatter stomach? Please help. Thanks so much.
You know, I haven't heard of it for Hysterectomy, but I used to live in Spain, and the ladies would wear girdles after giving birth with that very theory in mind. I guess it couldn't hurt (certainly seemed to work for my former sister-in-law) Of course, she was 22!
Someone told me the same after my TAH. I didn't think they were cut; I asked my doc last week and he said that they are just pulled aside. I imagine that that does take a toll on them though... First pulled and stretched out of the norm and then weeks of not being used as normal.
I don't have any advice on how to strengthen your tummy as I am only 5 weeks out.
Hi there! I was also under the mistaken impression that my abdominal muscles were cut. My surgeon assured me that the muscles were pushed to the side, and not cut through.
However, this doesn't mean your body didn't go through a major physical trauma. It can take several months -- even up to a year -- for the body to get back to where it was before surgery. You may still be experiencing normal post-op swelling and your exercise regimen may actually be making the problem worse.
I would say just give it some more time. Slow and steady wins this race. If you have doubts, consult your doctor as to whether or not your exercise regimen is helping or hurting your cause.
Feeling fat too! Have been working hard on walking and a recumbant bike for weeks. Just now starting to do some targeted ab exercise and stretching. Have just started with Pilates, can't yet comment on the results. I found a gentle program on my cable's 'on demand' section. Just moving slow and not pushing the things that I know I am not ready to do. Rather humbling however as to how weak I am.
I think the thing about girdles is that they do nothing to improve the core strength and the muscle tone...they just hide the problem
mine is actually flatter then it was with the tumour out,,but i seen on qvc the other day dr. rey from dr. 90210 and he had these shaper panties on,,and he talked about how the muscles gets stretched out with pregnancies and that really nothing can be done except use shapers,,they called it a certian term cant remember it but it a belly muscles stretched out they do not snap back in some women and dont think excerise helps,,they have been stretched beyond the limits,,depending on how big you got
I have not tryed any true exercise yet, but I do have a favorite vitamin to suggest-it is called Lecithin-mine is from Source Naturals-it takes the fat out of your body starting with the arteires and lowers chlastrol sp numbers as well. I was taking prior to surgery and have started back since. I feel like I get great results with this added aid. I lost 25 lbs with the surgery and have not gotten any of it back. TAH/BSO.
I don't know if this will help you or not but before my surgery I was dieting so to speak and was eating yogurt for a snack at night with fresh fruit....
Any way after the fact I read a study done by Yoplait , and it said that eating so much (I can't recall the amount) helps reduce belly fat...I was impressed as my belly was flatter before my surgery than it had been for a long time!!!
I need to get back on track again as now due to poor eating habits during the holiday I'm back to where I started...
I believe if you go to their site you will beable to find the study...GOOD LUCK !!!!!!
I have to say The Plank which is a yoga pose is amazing for the belly. Look it up on the internet. Try to do it 5x a day and hold it for about 30 seconds. You will see your belly and waist get smaller in a few weeks. it is a good idea to add cardio to your workout as well to help with the fat burning. I have to say my belly is flatter now than before surgery. It takes work but do not give up.
kasey2, thanks for the tip on lecithin. I havn't taken this for along time and truthfully didn't remember what it was for.
Mine is a Lecithin-E from nutrilite, now it's back in the regeim.
I'm getting impatient with this swelling thing. But the skin and muscles are still tender, alot of healing to be done yet. I asked my Dr if she streched me open wide enough for a 747 or what?