In April 2008, I had the following things done: TVH, cystocele and rectocele repair and a Monarc sling (TOT) put in for stress incontinence.
I wish I could say that everything worked out well and is going fine. Unfortunately, I can't. A couple months after surgery, I felt the 'bulge' starting again. Sure enough, when I returned to the doctor, she told me that the cystocele was reforming. I was also having extreme difficulty urinating---the TOT sling was too tight. So I ended up back in the OR in August 2008....first to remove the sling and second, to again fix the cystocele.
I came out of the hospital with high hopes, even though I knew the stress incontinence would return. But I was willing to live with urinating on myself when I laughed, coughed, etc if only the cystocele would remain fixed.
Fast forward to January 2008---I'm not kidding, the dang cystocele just won't stay put!! I returned to my doctor in March 2009 who not only confirmed it was back, but now the rectocele has too!!! GRRRRRR!!! I simply don't know what else to do. I know I can't afford to keep returning to the OR every 4-6 months.
The doctor has agreed to yet another surgery. With it being almost July 2009, I know you must be wondering why I haven't had surgery yet. Unfortunately, I had to put it off for a couple of months due to an unrelated accident that forced me to have surgery on my knee. I'm now recovering from that. But as soon as I'm able to, definitely before September, I plan on going back in for more surgery down below. We've discussed it at great length and the doctor told me that she was going to talk to some colleagues and figure out a better plan of action than what we've chosen and done previously. Hopefully it will work out this time.
Is there ANYONE here who's experienced this? I can't believe I'm the only one who's had repeated failures. It sure is lonely to be me.
p.s. If you do know where I'm coming from, I'd love to hear some feedback on the different things your dr tried with each failure and repeat surgery. I know they can't keep performing the same surgery each time. So I'm just wondering what the doctor might try this time around. So far I've been lucky and everything has been performed vaginally. I'm hoping I won't find myself with abdominal this time around.