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Old 09-13-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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I had rectocele surgery this past Wednesday on the 7th. Pain hasn't been too bad. But I have a couple stitches on the outside between the vagina and rectum that really hurt. It's a pulling and burning type pain, I felt around near the area and noticed a knot. It's about the size of a marble just under the stitch. Is this normal? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

Hi Kimmie,
my rectocele repair has been 6 weeks post op. I had several knots when i had the surgery and they have since gotten smaller. I also had a lot of tenderness in the same area. I also had the burning feeling that subsided as the days went by. I would recommend not putting a lot of pressure on it and maybe a cold compress on it to take some of the burning feeling.

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Old 09-27-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

I had rectocele surgery on 22/9 and have quite a few stitches in my perinium with stinging and burning round that area. I'm wondering how long it will last, hoping it will get better soon, it feels like I have a hedgehog in my undies!

How long does it normally take for the stitches to dissolve?

And it's hard to tell exactly, but if feels like there could be a slight urine leakage, it feels damp above my vagina. Could this be due to having a catheter inserted after the op? It was only in overnight, and my bladder was emptying fully after it was taken out. I'm wondering if this is normal, and if it will go away.

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Old 10-03-2011, 01:29 PM   #4
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

Hi Wellygrrl,
It's going to take some time to heal. Every day that goes by you should begin to feel stronger and better. I was sore for about 2-3 weeks. I had to lay down instead of sitting on my bottom because of the soreness. This helped a lot If you can stand to put an ice pack down there, this may help with the tenderness.

I actually don't know how long it took for my stitches to dissolve. I just know that each day got better. Tomorrow will be 9 weeks since the surgery and I feel great!

I'm not sure why you feel the dampness. I had to catheter myself for 3 days after the surgery because I couldn't empty my bladder nor tell when I was empty. I was wondering if you are still spotting from the sugery...I was still spotting for a week after the surgery so I could not tell if their was urine leakage(now I know that it wasn't).

I hope that you feel better soon. Please remember to rest and give your body time to heal.

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Old 10-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #5
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

Thanks Aleet7,
I had a few painful days and restless nights, and one weepy day (then remembered I came off the pill when I went to hospital so maybe hormones are a bit all over the place!)
It's now day 12 and things are heaps better. I still can't sit comfortably, need to sprawl (but I've just got a new "comfort lapdesk" for my laptop which is great for lying in bed.) The pain has reduced to just discomfort, so I think today I can stop taking paracetemol. The main problem now is intense itching, it's SO hard not to scratch!
And I figured out that it wasn't urine leakage, but moisture/slight beeding from inside my vagina.
I'm pottering around the house, resting in bed while studying, or reading, going for a walk every day (half to one hour) and not doing much else. I've learned my lesson in the past not to try and do too much too soon.
The first week seems forever, but things do get better with time and patience

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Old 10-11-2011, 12:05 PM   #6
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

Hi Wellygrrl,
I'm so glad that you are on the mend. I too had itching. It does subside over time. With time things do feel better.

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Old 10-11-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

3 weeks tomorrow since my op, and I can now sit without discomfort and manage hour-long walks around my gently-hilly neighborhood. I'm feeling pretty energetic now, but I have to keep reminding myself to take it easy, as there is still a lot of delicate stitching inside. An external stitch came out today.

 
Old 10-12-2011, 07:26 AM   #8
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Re: rectocele surgery recovery question

Yes, you must remind yourself that this was an extremely delicate surgery and just because you feel good you cannot over do it! I had friend tell me this...she said if you want the surgery to work, remember not to over do it!

I have other issues along with my surgery...I have Interstitial cystitis! It is flaring right now and my bladder feels horrible! Even though I am 2 months post op I still feel cramping from my uterine suspension. When I complain to my mom she reminds me that I am still healing!

I can't emphasize enough that over doing it can put you back and result in even more surgery! I am terrified of having to go back under to have my sling repaired! We have to remember to rest because good rest promotes healing!

Best Wishes, Wellygrrl!!!!
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