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Unread 10-29-2008, 05:01 PM
"Vaginal Wall Prolapse after Hysterectomy"

I'm looking for anyone who is having or has had my problem. I'm 51 years old and had a vaginal hysterectomy in January of 2008 due to a total prolapse of the uterus. The walls of my vagina were repaired at that time but now the walls have prolapsed. My GYN said that it was really unusual for this to happen so quickly and stated that I have no collagen in my skin tissue. I'm now being referred to one of the only two doctors in my City that can insert a mesh, which I understand is not without risk. Can anyone shed more light on this procedure and/or condition. p.s. I am from Canada.
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Unread 10-29-2008, 05:41 PM
"Vaginal Wall Prolapse after Hysterectomy"

EPL,
I am from Australia, so things might be a little different here, however some things are fundamentally the same - women & their bodies.

I had my hyster and a&p repair with mesh (6 weeks ago) all at the same time, because it was anticipated that if I didn't have the extra support of the mesh, I would most likely re-prolapse within a short time after.
The mesh has risks, however, as you experienced not having mesh has too, as you are now facing another surgery.

So far, my mesh has caused me no problems what so ever.
I have no sign of erosion or infection of any kind. I did have some significant pain issues within the 1st couple of weeks of surgery, but honestly I don't know whether it had anything to do with the mesh per say, or just the fact that I had such an extensive operation. Pain meds sorted the pain out without a problem though.

I had my surgery in a leading Australasian Hospital that specialises in women's health. They used a splinting device (a Vaginal Supportive Device, VSD) inside my vagina for 4 weeks after the surgery. It was stitched in however with disolvable stitches, and it was removed at 4 weeks post op without a problem. The device supported my stitches and more importantly the mesh in place while it 'took'. The device and the new kind of mesh that comes with it claims to reduce re-currence rates of prolapses by some huge amount so I hope that will be true for me too.

This is my experience with the mesh, and I have to say that I am only 6 weeks after my surgery. However so far so good, and I am happy to have my mesh and bet on its wonderful attributes.
I hope all goes well for you.
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Unread 11-01-2008, 05:41 AM
"Vaginal Wall Prolapse after Hysterectomy"

Iwona,

Thank you for your most informative reply and bringing the VSD to my attention. With respect to doing both procedures at one time, maybe my GYN could have made that assumption too but chose not to because she can't do the mesh procedure. Now I'm awaiting an appointment with one of the two doctors who perform this type of procedure in my City. Had I known more, I might have asked to have been referred to one of them instead. In any event, I will note all he says and get back to you with my questions and comments for you if you don't mind. On the positive side, I'm glad to hear that all has gone well with you. That's encouraging news for both of us. Please keep in touch for as long as you can and thanks again for your reply.
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