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Squatting & Bending Okay? Squatting & Bending Okay?

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Unread 02-06-2009, 07:22 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Hi -- I have a question about the "light housework" that's mentioned on the Post-Op Checkpoints. I'm at the beginning of my 3rd week post-op TAH/BSO and have a bit more energy than I did, and less pelvic pain.

Is it okay, or should I still avoid, things like bending over to look at the lower shelves in the fridge or in a base cabinet, and squatting down to the floor to pet my dog or pick something light off the floor, etc.? Can this type of movement cause adhesions if I'm still careful not to lift anything heavy-ish or strain my core muscles?
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Unread 02-06-2009, 07:35 AM
I also wonder about that

I also wonder whats right also...
I had my full Hysterectomy 4 weeks ago.
they used my old scar from my c-sections !
feeling lots of weird things from pains
to emotions ! worry about doing small
things around the house like bending
over or down, trying to fix my socks that
keep falling or dropping items all day long !
Unread 02-06-2009, 08:53 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Originally Posted by chariaoke3
I also wonder whats right also...
I had my full Hysterectomy 4 weeks ago.
they used my old scar from my c-sections !
feeling lots of weird things from pains
to emotions ! worry about doing small
things around the house like bending
over or down, trying to fix my socks that
keep falling or dropping items all day long !
This would be nice to know. Does anyone have some answers?
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Unread 02-06-2009, 09:15 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Listen to your body

Adhesions may or may not occur

Remember you still may still have internal stitches, that you don't want to tear

Ease back into your normal activities. If you are over-doing it your body will let you know

When in doubt, call your surgeon's office and ask. Each surgery is different

I personally did more squatting or bending at the knee(which is the correct way anyway). I also didn't have an incision...
Unread 02-06-2009, 10:02 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

I found it very difficult to bend over so would squat down to look for something but did not lift anything heavy until well over my six week mark. As bluzchick said, listen to your body.
Unread 02-06-2009, 11:41 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Bend from the knees not the waist!

And light housework to me is wiping counter tops, dustings, loading the dishwasher or washing machine one or two items at a time :-)
Unread 02-06-2009, 12:18 PM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Just listen to your bod. If it hurts, then don't! lol. I live alone & constantly dropped things & had to pick them up. Just be careful. Take it easy. I used my feet a lot to pick up some things...Don't lift anything heavy at all.
Unread 02-06-2009, 01:01 PM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Before performing an activity weight the pros and cons. Does it need to be done? Can it wait? Can it be delegated? Can I get it done a better way?
I've read that weeks 3-4 can be rough if you start to do to much because you're feeling good. Feeling good means you're taking care of your body and it is not in a complaining mood. Listen to it when it's happy not just hurting
Instead of cleaning the house go have your nails done with a friend. Give yourself a little while longer to heal.
As they say you only get one chance to do it right.
Unread 02-09-2009, 08:17 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

ok, thanks gals for the advice
for all of us in need !
Unread 02-10-2009, 12:54 AM
Squatting & Bending Okay?

Bending can't be avoided sometimes but don't lift, just put your shoes on..squatting and crouching is not ok at all. Everything is still healing and pushes down when you do that action.

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