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Unread 09-17-2008, 11:50 AM
Repeat rectocele

When I had my hysterectomy I had a sacral colpopexy. I had the uterus and ovaries removed, bladder and rectum put back where they are supposed to be and mesh attached to the sacrum, the bone at the bottom of the spine (it's very near the womb apparently) with everything anchored to it. i never thought I'd have any more problems but reading these threads has horrified me - especially as I think I have a rectocele now three years after the op.

Reading all this, I now realise how common it is to have recurrences of a rectocele and in one way don't feel so panicked. Having surgery doesn't always work then? Can you live with a rectocele? What would happen if you didn't have it repaired. I feel like I've run into a brick wall with all this.
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Unread 09-17-2008, 12:18 PM
Repeat rectocele

I understand what you're talking about! When the rectocele recurred, I really had a fit. Here I thought I was going to be a. ok for the long haul. I obeyed my docs orders post surgery and was told I could go back to doing anything a person my age should be able to do. Then along comes this problem. Before my initial surgery, I was assured it was indeed rare to have a recurrence of cystocele or rectocele. Well, that was certainly misinformation! It certainly doesn't appear to be rare.
As for living with a rectocele, there is the pessary option for some. For me, that's not an option I'm willing to deal with. From the info I've read, a rectocele can cause problems, sometimes, with bowel movements. I've not yet had that problem but have started having rectal pain occasionally. The biggest issue I have is that it's limiting; I have to limit how much I walk, I can't lift, I can't wear pants that fit properly around the waist as it causes just enough pressure to bother, I have to be cautious how many trips I take up and down the stairs, I can't squat...Do you have these same issues? I don't know of the other medical problems that can arise from a rectocele but it is certainly a condition that has put a halt on all of my activity.
I got very used to doing normal things again without having to "pay" for it; I really thought the first surgery was the ticket. I have great hope that the next procedure will give me long lasting results.
Don't be discouraged!

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