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Old 09-01-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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rectocele repair

Hi. Thanks to all of you who have posted on this subject over the past few years. I've learned so much from reading these honest and heart-felt postings on such a private subject. I was diagnosed with a rectocele when my sons were young (1st born in '89, 10 lbs, 6 1/2 oz, 2nd born in '90, 9 lbs, 3 oz). Back then it was graded a "1" & the only symptom was the sense of fullness from the bulge but it didn't really interfere except sometimes uncomfortable intercourse. Now I have to splint, and intercourse is mostly painful so I'm scheduled for a repair on 9/21. I'm getting really nervous. I had an unrelated health issue years ago that turned one surgery into 6. I know if I do nothing it will only get worse but right now I really appreciate your support. My doctor is very respected in the field and actually performed a more in depth similar procedure on my mom over 10 years ago with positive results. But one of the older posts on here talked about a doctor from the same organization who didn't do well, I can't tell if it was him or not. So now I'm just dealing with my nerves and fears. I have some questions which I will take to my doctor but if those of you with experience care to respond I'd like to know your thoughts.

1. What kind of supplies should I have on hand (I only have a couple periods/year now) so large pads or pads for incontinence or ...?

2. I know there are lifting restrictions during recuperation but what about life-long?

3. With rectocele repair only, how many nights were you hospitalized?

4. How long were you restricted from driving?

5. Are you glad you went through with it?

If you have anything you'd like to add that'd be great too.
Thanks in advance and best to you all!
Sharon

 
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: rectocele repair

Dear Sharon,

I had my rectocele repair on June 15 just 10 weeks ago. Here are my answers to your questions:

1. I got a packet (12) of overnight sized period pads and used 2 a day for the first few days. Then I had a stitch rupture and needed several a day until I got that taken care of. After 3 weeks I had virtually no more bleeding, and used only a panty liner which I always do.

2. I was not allowed to lift anything heavier than a gallon milk container for 6 weeks, then all lifting restrictions were over. However, I am still careful about not lifitng heavy items because I am afraid of a recurrence.

3. I stayed in the hospital 2 nights and was discharged the morning of the 3 day.

4. I was not restricted from driving at all. I drove a few days later.

5. I am very glad I did it, and when I look back, the worst thing was my fear! The whole procedure and recovery did not involve a lot of pain or discomfort. I highly recommend getting it done.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: rectocele repair

Thank you so much for addressing all my concerns! I'm happy for you that it went so well. I truly feel better already. I'll keep you posted and thanks again.
Sharon

 
Old 10-22-2009, 12:15 PM   #4
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Re: rectocele repair

hello, how did your operation go?

i have mine on the 28 october - should have been 5 october, but there were no beds. i am pretty scared. more scared of having a catherter and the packing than anything else i think....
bit scared of the pain, but can't imagine it being worst than child birth

 
Old 10-23-2009, 04:05 AM   #5
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Re: rectocele repair

Hi, I had my rectocele repair on the 14th October. I was in hospital for 4 days. It was a large repair and things haven't been plain sailing during recovery.
I don't want to say anything that may upset you or cause any more worry but if you have any questions you want answering then I would be pleased to answer them. Obviously everyone has different experiences and reacts to things in different ways.
I am 56 and obviously age goes a long way in how one recovers from an operation.
If you have any questions I will try to answer them as honestly as I can. I wish I had known more than I did before the operation.
Best wishes Sheila

 
Old 10-23-2009, 06:47 AM   #6
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Re: rectocele repair

I am 3 1/2 weeks post-op from a very large rectocele repair, PLUS I also had cystocele,repair, a bladder sling, and a laparscopic assisted hysterectomy to remove my cervix and uterus.

My surgery was much more intense than your surgery will be. I was suppose to stay only one night in the hospital, but I ended up staying two nights due to the pain. But most of my pain was from the hysterectomy portion. During my procedure, my bladder was punctured. I knew this was a risk going into the surgery. My prolapses were very large and my vaginal wall had collapsed onto my bladder. Also, my appendix ruptured when I was very young and I had TONS of adhesions in that whole area. So basically, I was a mess in there..ha.

Because of the bladder puncture, I was sent home with a catheter for 10 days. I basically lied around in bed for the first week. I did get up and walked around the house but I was very tired and VERY soar. After the catheter came out on the 10th day, I started to improve quickly.

I had no driving restrictions. My doctor told me I could start driving as soon as I felt comfortable doing so. For me that was about 12 days post-op.

I am still wearing a small panty liner for some discharge, but again, this is more from the hysterectomy. My doctor told me it would last another couple weeks.

My rectocele area is still soar. The worst thing I experienced from this was major constipation. You are not allowed to push or strain, so I got backed up really bad. Do bad I had to go to my GI doctor to get some prescription medication to help me. Just this morning I had a very large BM (sorry if TMI) and I am pretty soar down there from it.

Anyway, good luck with your surgery. I am sure all will be fine and I am glad I did mine and it is over with!

Jdsun

 
Old 10-23-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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Re: rectocele repair

They should have told you how to prevent constipation before it happened! You could have avoided all the soreness and pain.

Before and after my rectocele operaton in June, I was taking two 100 mg stool softeners a day, one AM and one PM. I did not have any problems moving my bowels after surgery, thank God. In a couple of weeks I decided all on my own to get off stool softeners. Bad choice. I got constipated and had great difficulty.

Now I am off all meds but follow a very very high fiber diet. Prunes, nuts, bran, cereal bars, wheat germ, beans, fruit, raisins, water ... I am so tired of it, yet if I cut down for one day I get sore again ... so in the long run it is worth it. I don't want the rectocele to come back, so it's fibermania, I guess for ever!

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Re: rectocele repair

It is not anywhere near the pain level of childbirth! You are 'out' for the procedure, and have pain killers when you wake up. I had little or no pain afterwards. It was so little that I laughed a myself for my fears!

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Old 10-24-2009, 12:05 AM   #9
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hello sheila
thank you for replying and i'm sorry your op hasn't been plain sailing.

To be honest, i have read good and bad stories of this operation so am just going to go and hope for the best......i am pretty scared but will handle the outcome.

my first labour was very long and hard and had lots of stitches, which left me sore for ages. the scare has always been a bit of a problem.

i hope you feel better soon.

my only consolation is i am going to have the op done by one of the 2 leading specialists in the north west and this is why i am travelling almost 3 hours for the op rather than 45 minutes distance to my local hopital....

was it a gynacologist who did your op?

jacqueline

 
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hello
thank you for your reply.
your op is certainly much bigger than mine is going to be and you seem to be doing great.
i have started to use laxatives now (before i go in) so hope that helps a little.
~I have to say, 2 nights for your op doesn't seem long enough - so hopefully i will be out pretty quick too
best wishes on your speedy recovery -x

 
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hi Martha
i really hope mine goes as well as your operation - this time next week , roll on...... x

 
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Hi Jacqueline,
10 days post-op today and went for a trip round the supermarket with my partner. Legs felt a bit wobbly but good to get out.
My biggest piece of advice is plenty of fruit, water and Lactalose. The constipation has been the worst part of the whole thing. All my family are very 'intimate' with the state of my bowels !
I had my operation done privately by a very well respected lady gynacologist.
I also had a very traumatic birth with my first daughter. 24hrs, she was born with forceps and a suction cap, weighed 9lbs 14oz and I had a lot of stitches. My second daughter's birth was a little easier but still lots of stitches. I had a hysterectomy about 20 years ago and I am going through the menopause. All contributing factors to the prolapse.
Now I need to take the time to heal and make sure I do everything in my power so that it doesn't happen again.
Please keep in touch and try not to worry too much, easier said than done.
Sheila

 
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Hi Jacqueline,
10 days post-op today and went for a trip round the supermarket with my partner. Legs felt a bit wobbly but good to get out.
My biggest piece of advice is plenty of fruit, water and Lactalose. The constipation has been the worst part of the whole thing. All my family are very 'intimate' with the state of my bowels !
I had my operation done privately by a very well respected lady gynacologist.
I also had a very traumatic birth with my first daughter. 24hrs, she was born with forceps and a suction cap, weighed 9lbs 14oz and I had a lot of stitches. My second daughter's birth was a little easier but still lots of stitches. I had a hysterectomy about 20 years ago and I am going through the menopause. All contributing factors to the prolapse.
Now I need to take the time to heal and make sure I do everything in my power so that it doesn't happen again.
Please keep in touch and try not to worry too much, easier said than done.
Sheila

 
Old 11-02-2009, 09:11 AM   #14
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Hi
I was discharged after 3 nights stay in hospital. The worst bit was just before going into theatre, where I had a bit of a panick attack and almost ended up going back onto the ward without it being done....
having the packing and catheter in was uncomfortable, and once removed i could walk around (after getting over low blood pressure first).
I am now home and using movicol twice a day and paracetamol and sometimes codiene (but not often as i believe it can cause contipation).
I feel like i have been kicked up the backside by a horse but the stitches don';t cause any pain at all.
I feel weak and light headed and have wind and have the "runs" which is better than constipation i suppose
I sometimes have trouble urinating. It is early days yet and am 5 days post op.

At the moment, i don't think i would have it done again, but i'm sure you forget as you do with child birth :-)

 
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Hi Jacqui.
Good to hear that all went well and that you are now home. I have to agree that the packing was the worst thing of all. I was so pleased when it was removed.
I am now 20 days post op and feel so much better. Still get very tired but have to stop myself doing more than I should be doing. Trying to get out for a walk each day and doing a little more around the house. Have to remember not to lift anything though !
I am enjoying having the time to sit and read and watch daytime tv .........
Please let me know how you get on.
Best wishes Sheila

 
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