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Unread 03-14-2007, 09:16 PM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

can anyone give me some info about recovery on tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair. Bowel movements were sooo bad for about 3 - 4 days but have gotten much better. Am still in some pain from a few stitches inside. Went for post op visit with dr. after 2 weeks and he pulled on the stitches that were giving me problems. Maybe this is what has caused some soreness last few days. If anyone out there in hystersister land has any advise for me please let me know. I am doing fairly well except for the inside pain from the stitches.
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Unread 03-14-2007, 11:09 PM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

Oh my is so good to hear from someone with these "issues." I went a week without a BM and had to do an enema. It was so much better after that, but very painful. BM's are still not something I look forward to and I am still VERY sore in my bottom. I have absolutely NO soreness where any incisions were made or in my tummy area. All of my pain is between my legs and mostly deep inside. I'm sure it's from where the "internal" stitches are but I have been concerned about having to rely on my pain meds this long. I have a post-op appointment to remove my foley cath tomorrow, so maybe he can answer some of these questions. I really wasn't expecting all the things that have gone on with me post-op and may have reconsidered if I had.
I think it was a good decision, but the issues with urinating and having a bowel movement that go along with the repairs are just TOO much.
You're welcome to send me a personal message if you feel like chatting.
Unread 03-15-2007, 04:32 AM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

I hear you sister! I have the same problems. I coud swear that I feel netting protruding when I go to the washroom. I feel fine except I still feel lower pressure. I had my surgery 1 month ago and am still battling all these problems.
Hope you feel better soon.
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Unread 03-15-2007, 05:23 AM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

At 5 weeks, I still had some stitches. The doctor removed the loose ones, but left the ones that were firmly in place and said they'd come out when "it was time." I'm 7 weeks and I still think I feel a stitch or two pinch from time to time (I go again next week to the urogyn.) I did have a uterine prolapse in addition to the bladder repair and sling and the rectocele, and the surgery was long (about 5 hours) so maybe I have more stiches than normal, I have no idea.

It's just a waiting game though. I can sit pretty comfortably, I still haven't figured out the bowel movement balance yet. I either "underfiberate" or "overfiberate" (I think I just made up two new words, LOL.) But it doesn't hurt anymore, just annoying trying to get the right balance so I don't have to strain.
Unread 03-15-2007, 07:38 AM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

Hi laj
I had the same surgery as you and have come through it to the other said, so I can begin by saying it does end.
In the beginning I took the stool softeners for at least two months to make the bowel movements easier. Beyond that I ate lots of high fiber foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables and a nice high fiber cereal in the morning. That took care of the bowel problems pretty well for me- oh and I was drinking lots of water.

I was too sore to sit for long or on anything hard for several weeks. I used a donut pillow as needed, including in the bath. Sitting for too long and standing for too long were bad for me so I tried to change positions and listen to my body. I found if I tried to push myself once I was tired or hurting, it was a big mistake. I always regretted it. It's best to follow what your body tells you personally and we're all a little different. You'll find little by little it will all improve.

I tried the grocery store, with help at 4 wks and found the standing was just too much. I had the option of letting my dh do it, so I did for a while longer. This recovery took longer than I had imagined, although my dr tried to tell me. I just couldn't believe anything could really take that long to heal. Try not to get discouraged. I finally learned to pace myself and just do what I could and accept that it wasn't going to be everything I would like.
I'm happy now with all the repairs and feel great. I hope you all have good success with your surgeries as well. You can't rush it so you may as well accept the recovery time. It pays off in the end.
's, Rita
Unread 03-22-2007, 08:59 PM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

4 week post op today and it seems like i am more sore today than i was 2 week ago. and the stitches inside are still painful. maybe i'm doing too much. doc said i could drive so i have been going on short trips around town. is this how you felt any info would be appreciated.
Unread 03-23-2007, 07:14 AM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

Hi Laj! You are feeling absoutely normal at 4 weeks. I'm at 6 weeks with a tvh bladder swing and rectocele repair. The inside pain from the stitiches in still constant, however pace yourself don't overdue it and drink lots of water. Its so good to share our experiences and know that we are not alone.
Hope you feel better soon!
Unread 03-23-2007, 07:35 AM
post op info for tvh with bladder sling and rectocele repair

Hey sisters,
it sounds like you are feeling just like I did/am. I am 7 weeks out and still having some pain. Mostly in my my butt and deep inside. I am still taking motrin every 8 hours. I still have a hard time sitting on hard surfaces, but I am doing much better and am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It seems to take forever to get over this surgery.
Hang in there sisters!!

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