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Recovery Advice for after Rectocele Repair

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Recovery ideas and advice after rectocele repairWhat can I expect during my recovery from rectocele repair surgery?


A rectocele occurs when the fascia, or tissue wall, between the rectum and vagina becomes weak and bulges into the vagina. It requires surgical repair when it becomes difficult or impossible to pass stool. or when the bulge (prolapse) gets so severe that it protrudes outside the body.

HysterSisters who have had rectocele repair report that, though getting their rectoceles repaired has been worth it, it involves a relatively difficult recovery—particularly if it is performed at the same time as other pelvic floor repairs. They say to always follow your doctor’s instructions, and they offer these additional bits of advice to help you get through it.
  • Take stool softeners and fiber supplements to help keep your bowel movements soft and regular in the days and weeks following your repair surgery. You may have to use laxatives as well if your BMs continue to be difficult due to swelling. You do not want to strain during bowel movements at all, or you risk tearing stitches and undoing the repair.
  • Stay well-hydrated to prevent constipation.
  • Do not lift more weight than your doctor recommends (usually just ten pounds) during your recovery.
  • Get lots of help if you can—particularly if you have small children—for several weeks after your surgery. Lifting too much weight can cause you to strain and undo your repair. (In fact, Sisters with young children say they would hold off on the repair until the children are older if at all possible due to the difficulty of avoiding lifting and the danger of ruining the repair if you do it even once.)
  • Do not try to have sexual intercourse before your doctor clears you for it. But do expect that your satisfaction from sex may be greatly increased after the repair!
  • Expect up to 12 weeks of recovery time. Your doctor may not clear you for sex or even many everyday activities earlier than this, depending on the extent of your repair and the rate of your healing.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-29-2011 - 01:46 AM


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