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    Old 09-26-2016, 01:21 PM   #1
    wnorm
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    Recovery after laparoscopic ventral rectoplexy

    I am 64 and had Altemeier perianal prolapse surgery in May/2015. The prolapse recurred. I had to wait many months for further surgery. As a result, the prolapse had become quite large and extremely painful. I have had to do the 1.5 litre water enema virtually every day since June/2015 because of associated bowel function issues. In 2013, I had a total hysterectomy for uterine cancer. I believe that that surgery plus my collagenous colitis triggered the prolapse development.
    Thirteen days ago I had abdominal laparoscopic rectal prolapse surgery without resection. Post-op instructions were minimal.
    I was told to take laxatives, stool softeners, etc. However, If I get diarrhea, control is quite impossible. If the stool is soft or more solid, I cannot evacuate it normally. Often I cannot sense that stool is present in the rectum. Despite prolonged straining, evacuation is tedious or impossible, frequently even for soft stool. I feel as though I have anal blockage. I was told not to do the full water enema for now and to wait until things normalize. My post op appointment is only on Nov.1/2016.
    The question is: will I ever regain normal bowel function? How long does it take to normalize? Dietary modifications don't help. Today is my birthday and I cannot even go out to celebrate. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am quite upset about the whole situation.

     
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