week out of having abdominal/lapriscopic assist surgery
Hi - I had a rectopexy, to fix an internal rectal prolapse with intussusception. This has worked, to the extent that it has corrected the prolapse ( they think!) but I still have no feeling to go. I have had tests to check muscles and nerves, which involved a very unpleasant internal scan and other very unpleasant tests. I actually didn't get any detailed information about the results.
My consultant is at the Churchill in Oxford, and id one of the best in his field-he has been absolutely brilliant, but being the NHS, I do feel I never have enough time. I think that sometimes consultants do not think about the huge impact of these types of surgery if they do not work. There is no doubt that we are lucky to have procedures in place, but this is no quick fix, and from speaking to other people, there is often more than one problem. I wonder if consultants ever look at these kinds of forums to gain a different insight on how people are affected before and after surgery, and how devastating some of these problems can be.
I agree that the Starr procedure can be very effective for certain problems, but I haven't read a lot of positive comments about it. It seems that faecal incontinence can be a real problem. I have seen so many comments on forums that say "Do not have this procedure done, it has ruined my life". This obviously makes me wonder if I would be doing more damage. My consultant's analogy re rectopexy vs starr was "if your trousers are too long you would pull them up, before you chop the bottoms off"! I think I am just very scared that it would cause more problems for me than it would solve.
I have also heard something about an implant for people with nerve damage, which I am sure is one of my problems, that can stimulate the feeling of needing to empty the bowel. Has anyone heard of/experienced this?
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