Pelvic Exercises after Robotic Prostatectomy Surgery
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics surgeons perform robotic prostatectomy surgery to remove cancerous tissue and at the same time spare nerves surrounding the prostate that control bladder and potency.
Exercising After Robotic Prostatectomy
Pelvic exercises (also called Kegel exercises) strengthen the muscles around the bladder and bladder opening and improve symptoms of urinary incontinence. When the exercises are done correctly, urinary continence may be restored. It is recommended that you practice before surgery.
Identifying the Pelvic Muscles
- Tighten your rectum as if trying not to have a bowel movement or pass gas.
- Imagine that you are stopping the flow of urine.
- Do not do the exercises by actually stopping the flow of your urine.
- Do not tighten the muscles in your abdomen, buttocks, legs or thighs as part of the exercise.
Doing the Pelvic Exercises
- Start by tightening and holding your pelvic muscles for two to three seconds, the relax your muscles for the same amount of time.
- Do not hold your breath. You should breathe normally during the exercises.
- Do 10 sets of exercises, three times per day. You may do these hourly if possible.
- As you get better and your muscles get stronger, you should increase the length of time that you tighten and hold the muscles to 10 seconds.
When to do Pelvic Exercises
The exercises can be done anytime and anywhere. You can do them standing, sitting or lying down. The fun part is that you do not have to set aside a specific time to do them.