Originally Posted by tryingtofixit
I'm 32 and had my first baby this January. He was a big boy, weighing in at 9lbs 6 oz and I suffered a fourth degree tear after an episiotomy. I'm seeing a doctor who specializes in this stuff and we are trying diet modification and pelvic floor PT right now. I won't lie - sometimes I can be lazy about my fiber intake and PT and I've been wondering about the sphincteroplasty surgery. My doctor steered me in this direction (diet and PT first) b/c she tells me the long term outcomes of the sphincteroplasty are not very good. I read about it tonight and she's not kidding - it really doesn't look good - AT ALL. Basically I'm wondering how bad I am - comparatively speaking, and what kind of results others had after getting the surgery. Are you happy? Would you do it again? I get slight seepage obvious in my underwear a couple of times a day and have full blown incontinence about every other month which usually happens when I'm on a walk or a run (but I'm usually close to a bathroom so if one wasn't near it might be more often). When I'm not up on my fiber sx are worse. It seems horrible, but fortunately I got a perfect bouncing baby boy out of it, so that keeps me from complaining too much. Any insight would be so very much appreciated! Thank you!
Hello~Sorry to hear you are going through this. My injury happend 3 yrs ago, so I completly understand what you are going through. I have decided to put surgery off until my little guy is bigger. My issues are leakage after bowel movements and gas incontience. I don't have any major incontinence as of yet. Did you have any testing done to check the damage to your sphincters? If I were you I would suggest going to a board certified colorectal surgeon for a consultation. Sphincteroplasty's can have a good outcome. It does require that you do daily Kegels to keep those muscle strong for the rest of your life. Seeing that you are only 9 months out from your injury, you are still healing and will probably see some improvement after the 1 year mark. I saw some improvement, but it took a long time, about a year and a half. I wish you the best and hang in there. Enjoy your little one, as they grow up way to fast
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