Obtaining flat stomach muscles after a hysterectomy can be achieved through proper hydration, a balanced diet and exercise. Proper hydration reduces bloating, while a diet rich in vegetables, fiber and protein promotes healing, and exercise develops abdominal strength.
The two surgical approaches for hysterectomies are vaginal and abdominal. Differences in the two approaches may determine how completely a person's stomach muscles flatten in response to post-surgery diet and exercise. Abdominal surgery requires an incision of 5 to 7 inches across the belly, and the uterus is removed through that incision. Visible scarring usually results at the incision site, and the scar may make the abdomen appear flabby and puckered. Abdominal muscles may respond more slowly to exercise.
Vaginal surgery involves removal of the uterus entirely through the vagina, which does not leave any visible scarring. Abdominal muscles remain intact using this method.
Drinking more water keeps the body hydrated, which reduces a bloated abdomen. Eating plenty of lean meat, vegetables, fruit and fiber is important because metabolism tends to slow after a hysterectomy. High-fiber foods should be introduced gradually, as they may encourage gas production and puffiness. Shaping up should promote walking and core-body exercises such as yoga and exercise-ball crunches.