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Unread 10-04-2006, 10:09 AM
colon protruding from vagina

Hi ladies,
I had my hyster. at the end of June along with lots of repairs. I have had more than my fair share of problems including 2 discs being torn during surgery. One of the repairs I had was for a severe rectocele. Well, now my colon is protruding from my vagina. I have finally called and left a message for my doctor. It has been this way for a couple of weeks, but I couldn't get up the courage to call because of all I have been through. The thought of another surgery scares the bejeebers out of me. Not to mention that I have gone through a divorce and now have no insurance, so I have no way to even pay for another surgery.

Has anyone else had this happen? If so, what was the outcome?


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Unread 10-04-2006, 03:08 PM
colon protruding from vagina

10 inches of my colon was out of my vagina. It was very painful and I did have to have surgery again. You better call your doctor, infection could set in and that's not good. Good Luck to you
Unread 10-04-2006, 06:07 PM
colon protruding from vagina

Kim ~ Please let me know the response you get from the doc. PM is ok as well. I had anterior repair. My doc thought the rectocele wasn't significant yet to do anything. I'd had colo-rectal surgery about 10 years ago (I think). Andy how, I'm 8 days post op and have noticed a posterior bulge sensation from time to time. Can't help wondering if now that the other things are corrected that it is more prominent. No protusions yet thank God! Please keep me posted ~

Best wishes ~
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Unread 10-04-2006, 07:22 PM
colon protruding from vagina

I called my doctor's office today. But, let me say I was very hesitant to do so because I have had so many problems as a result of my surgery. I had a hysterectomy, kept ovaries, a rectocele repair, cystocele repair, bladder sling as well as other repairs. During the surgery 2 of the discs in my back were torn, so that on the day after my surgery when they wanted me to get out of bed and walk, I could not walk! I had an MRI and that is how they discovered the torn discs. I stayed in the hospital for 5 days and they wanted me to stay at least 2 more days, but I had to get home to my kids, plus depression had set in because, heck I couldnt walk. So I went back to the hospital 2 different times for epidurals to relieve the swelling in and around those two discs. The ortho told me it would take between 6 months and 1 year for my back to heal. Then I had trouble urinating because I had been cathed for so long. It has been almost 4 months since my surgery and I still have bladder issues. I had always felt a bulging in my perineum area but just thought it was swelling from the surgeries, plus I got an infection in my internal stitches. So now the bulging I felt has let itself be known and my colon is hanging out of my vagina. Not only that but my appendix is completely out of my vagina.
Anyway, the doctor basically washed his hands of me and said they don't know what to tell me to do. I just can't stand the thought of another surgery because of how badly they messed me up the first time. I am at a loss as to what to do. Especially without insurance now.
Does anyone know what the surgery would involve? Would they have to reopen my abdominal incision, or could they go through my vagina, since that is where my colon is protruding from?

Thanks so much everyone.

Unread 10-04-2006, 08:54 PM
colon protruding from vagina

If the repair is only for the rectocele and cystocele, it would be done through the vagina. It might be lap assisted. I really have a hunch I'm going back down this road in the future. YUCK!

Oh -- how about changing docs... get a 2nd opinion. Since this fellow doesn't sound interested, is there anyone else you can go to?

Best wishes ~
Unread 10-04-2006, 09:48 PM
colon protruding from vagina

I'm sorry you have had such a difficult time. I haven't dealt with this personally but can share a link to a site that has good information on Prolapses and their treatment. It might be helpful for you to do some reading on it so you can make an educated decision about what to do.
This link is very graphic with pictures of the prolapses as soon as the page opens. If you scroll down there is discussion of treatment. I hope this will be helpful for you.
's, Rita
Unread 10-04-2006, 10:26 PM
colon protruding from vagina

hippiechic65, my heart certainly goes out to you, you poor girl! What state are you in? I am in California and I don't know if other states work the same. Depending on your individual financial status there are programs that help low income and persons without insurance. The program may be called MIA (Medically Indigent Adult), or ATP (Ability To Pay). I think most of the "teaching" hospitals in larger towns have a department like these or similar. A case worker is assigned and they will go thru your financial income and expenses to see what you qualify for. Not fun, but, it is a way to get your surgeries done if you can connect with this sort of program.

The quality of the care ranges from poor to the very best in the nation! Poor is usually the entry level General Practitioner, and the BEST, once you are past the GP, are the specialists, once you are in the system with them. A streamline approach to a specialists is once you qualify for financial help you should go to the hospital's emergency or urgent care. You may get to see a specialist sooner than if you wait for a GP appointment. (I have not tired this approach and I usually wait the ridiculous amount of time for an appt. I believe in saving emergencies for when they really are, but, yours sounds like one to me!!!)

I personally qualify. They don't make it easy! ANd, there is generally no money left over month to month when they are done scrutinizing and adjusting, but, for the time being it beats suffering or worse!!! figure when I am well I will work harder and give back, but in the meantime I got my operation and am headed towards that recovery!

The very best to you dear!
Unread 10-05-2006, 01:34 AM
colon protruding from vagina

Folky has some very good advice,start looking into programs you may qualify for.Possibly state medical or a hospital program,your situation sounds like it can't be put off for very long.Ask everyone you know if there are any programs that they know about,call the hospitals and ask them.If you want to post what state you are in maybe some of the ladies on here know of something in your area or can research some for you.If you can't find any kind of a assistance you might want to look into some medical studies,if you have to go that route just make sure you can research as much as you can before agreeing to do it.My mom was in a medical study at the Cleveland Clinic for lung problems and it has helped her wonders.Take care Heather
Unread 10-05-2006, 06:31 AM
colon protruding from vagina

my advice is go to a local ER... tell them your situation... infection can be a bad, bad thing...

and you don't want to end up with a perm colostomy because of this... there has to be something someone can do... this isn't a minor problem... so many things can happen...

I say I'd rather be in debt for a surgery than have a colostomy...

again... ER visit.... tell them the situation... they might be able to steer you in the right direction
Unread 10-05-2006, 09:29 AM
colon protruding from vagina

Kim, I'm sorry to ask this question but how do you know your colon and appendix are hanging out of your vagina? Has a Dr examined you and told you that your appendix is hanging out? I find it hard to believe that a Dr would let you walk around like that because that would be considered a medical emergency and would need immediate surgical correction. As Wickedemily says I would rather be in debt than facing the rest of my life with a colostomy. If you haven't already done so please see your Dr immediately!!!!
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