Physical activity is important for your overall health and all healthy adults should avoid inactivity. However, sometimes you might need to take a break from regular exercise. Health conditions, illnesses, surgeries and postpartum period are examples of times you need to avoid moderate to vigorous physical activity. Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that requires a certain recovery time. Talk to your doctor about exercise guidelines after this procedure.
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Myomectomy is a surgery that involves removal of noncancerous tumors, also called as fibroids, from your uterus. Fibroids can cause several symptoms including pelvic pain, back pain, bladder pressure, bleeding and discomfort. This procedure takes place under general anesthesia and it involves a incision in the lower abdomen. The surgeon will cut and separate and cut some tissue to get access to the fibroids. A myomectomy is a major abdominal surgery and it will take few weeks to months for your body to recover.
You will usually spend two to three days in the hospital after the surgery. Abdominal pain and discomfort is typically present seven to 10 days after a myomectomy and typical recovery time is four to six weeks. However, this differs between individuals some people might recover in a few weeks, while others might need a couple months for a full recovery.
Although you need to avoid vigorous exercise immediately after the surgery, the New York University Medical Center recommends that you get out of bed and walk as often as you can. Walking will improve blood flow in your legs and helps prevent blood clots. Start slowly and walk as often as you can around the hospital hallways and later on at your house and, once you feel stronger, outside. Leg exercises, even at the hospital, are also ideal.
Exercise After a Myomectomy
You'll often need to wait two to six weeks before continuing vigorous physical activity after a myomectomy, according to the New York University Langone Medical Center. Start slowly with low-impact exercises such as walking, bicycling and hiking. Gradually increase your exercise time and intensity. Continue exercising as you did before the myomectomy and do not begin a new strenuous activity until you are fully recovered. If you were not active before the operation, do not begin a vigorous exercise activity during your recovery period. Always follow your doctor's exercise instructions.