A Pre-Gynaecological Surgery Check is specifically for women who are planning to have gynaecological surgery like:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Prolapse surgery
  • Incontinence surgery

Based on current research evidence and our collective experience as Women’s Health Physiotherapists, we have designed this appointment to help you prepare your body for surgery and to optimise your recovery.

Women’s Health Physiotherapists are trained to assess your bladder, bowel and pelvic floor function. We can then advise you if there is anything that you need to change in the lead up to your surgery.

The pelvic floor muscles are designed to support your organs and control bladder and bowel emptying. Our physiotherapists use real time ultrasound and other assessments to measure your current pelvic floor function, and teach you how to switch on your pelvic floor and other ‘core’ muscles correctly.

Certain activities, such as lifting, sneezing, and passing a bowel motion can place strain on the supportive pelvic ligaments, or prolapse repair surgery. Our physiotherapists will teach you how to engage the pelvic floor muscles effectively to protect your body during these activities.

After your surgery, it is important to rebuild strength, endurance and coordination in your pelvic floor muscles. This is particularly true if you want to participate in activities like running and jumping. Pelvic floor muscle training can start before your surgery, and we can consult with your surgeon about when you are able to resume training post-operatively.

Finally, some women have additional pelvic floor issues that may not be fully resolved through surgery. Physiotherapy can often be effective in treating, for example, overactive bladder symptoms in women who are having a hysterectomy.

During the COVID crisis our priority is keeping you and our team as safe as possible while you’re in the clinic. This means we have made a number of adjustments. Our therapists are switching rooms after each treatment to allow time for the rooms to be thoroughly disinfected after each use. All common surfaces, pens etc are being disinfected after each use. Our treatment rooms at 8sqm and wherever possible we have staggered our treatment times to minimise the number of people crossing over in the waiting room.

Prior to entering the clinic we ask that you wash your hands in the bathrooms near the lift. We also ask that you call as early as possible to reschedule your appointment if you have recently travelled or are feeling unwell in anyway. Upon entering the clinic we will be temperature testing our clients before their session begins. You may be asked to wait for your therapist in a treatment room to maximise social distancing.

While we are normally a very child friendly clinic we ask at this time that you do not bring your children with you to the clinic for classes. We ask that for private sessions you only bring your child with you if they are an infant or they are dependent on you due to special needs, or if they are receiving treatment themselves. We understand that this can complicate things for some patients but we are trying to make the clinic environment as safe as possible for our staff and other community members. We appreciate your understanding and respect as this is a challenging time for everyone.