Can I Get a Flat Stomach After My Hysterectomy?
have been told by friends that because I had a hysterectomy that
I will not be able to obtain a flat stomach as they cut the muscles
for this surgical procedure. Is this true?
people complain about weight gain after a hysterectomy, attributing
it to the surgical procedure. Whether your stomach appears flabby
after your hysterectomy may depend on the type of hysterectomy you
needed and surgical technique used to perform it. The surgeon may
have performed the hysterectomy entirely through the vagina, known
as a Total Vaginal Hysterectomy or TVH. He may have made small incisions
with the assistance of a laparoscope to remove the uterus and cervix.
In this case, he may not have incised abdominal muscles that would
leave a scar.
the hysterectomy was performed by cutting abdominal muscles to remove
the uterus, he would have made an incision about eight inches long
in the lower abdomen or stomach area. An abdominal hysterectomy
would leave a scar that might make your stomach appear flabby and
looking a little like a pouch.
Hysterectomies can be a little difficult for women
to cope with because they usually take place at the time a woman's
metabolism begins to slow down. This often happens in mid-life,
when women may develop issues like cervical cancer or uterine fibroids
that cause pain and other problems.
It can be hard to completely flatten the stomach after
a hysterectomy, but steps can still be taken to reduce the stomach's
annoying, flabby appearance. You might have water retention after
the procedure, which can cause your stomach to appear bloated. Drinking
more water keeps you hydrated. It reduces bloating in the stomach
Make sure your diet is balanced with an adequate amount
of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Modify the amount of food
you eat, especially since the metabolism tends to slow down after
a hysterectomy. Avoid gas producing foods like baked beans, broccoli,
cabbage and Brussels sprouts so as not to aggravate the bloating
you may experience after the surgery.
Eat more high fiber foods, but introduce them into
your diet slowly. Oatmeal and wheat bread are excellent sources
of fiber, but introducing them too quickly might cause problems
like gas production. Adding them gradually into your diet allows
your body to adapt to the fiber and begin digesting them as quickly
as possible so that your stomach does not get bloated.
In regards to exercise, Yoga and other abdominal exercises
help to strengthen the core muscles and tighten up the stomach.
Try using several different exercises to hit a range of areas in
the midsection. Here are a few recommended ones to try out:
For the traditional crunch, lay down on a mat, bend
your knees and cross your arms in front of your chest. Slowly lift
your shoulders towards the ceiling and crunch up using your abs.
If crunches are not for you, schedule a daily walk to get some good
cardio exercise in. A 45-60 minute walk every day helps to tone
up your lower body and burn calories.
In addition, wearing a belly or compression wrap can
help to get your stomach back to pre-hysterectomy shape. Girdles
can help to reduce the appearance of flabbiness, as they contain
lycra that provides extra abdominal support. A hysterectomy may
make you seem overweight and flabby, but changes to your lifestyle
can help to reduce body fat and flatten your stomach.
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