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Unread 05-01-2007, 05:59 AM
All the king's horses and all the king's men

Hello, I'm new to the boards. Today my gynaecologist told me that I would need to have a hysterectomy and a & p repair to correct my Grade 2/3 prolapsed uterus, rectocele, cystocele and overstitched episiotomy.

I am 27 years old and I don't know anyone my age who is going through this. It's a bit tough to get my head around. I'm here to seek some more information before I make my decision.

The pain of the last twelve months has varied from bearable to excruciating, but it's always there. I get most of the usual symptoms - dragging in my lower back and belly, feeling like my perineum is going to fall out if I stand for longer than ten minutes, shooting pains through the episiotomy, sore tailbone, sharp pains in my rectum and inability to have a bowel movement. It is exacerbated during menstruation and the few days prior.

While all of this has severely restricted my lifestyle from the way it once was, I can mostly manage the pain at its current level. I am really afraid that attempting surgery will make the pain and the symptoms worse instead of better over the long term.

What I would like to know is whether women having hysterectomies and pelvic floor reconstruction for prolapse suffer more or less pain after the procedure. Can anyone tell me about their experience?
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Unread 05-01-2007, 06:22 AM
All the king's horses and all the king's men

I'm so sorry you're going through this. I'm 29 and had my surgery 9 months ago. I've had a few problems that might need to be fixed but I'm so glad I went ahead with the surgery. I still have a grade 2 cystocele because the doctor screwed up and decided it didn't need fixed (guess it didn't look like a problem during surgery?). I also had the extreme pain around the time of my period - my doctor couldn't explain that one. Even with the remaining problems, I have no pain now. I can stand when we sing at church. I think it was definitely worth it for me.
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Unread 05-03-2007, 08:19 AM
All the king's horses and all the king's men

Fizz79,
I'm only 5 weeks postop and the surgery was a success for me at age 38. Now I did have complications of infection, but as far as the repair it is amazing how good my bottom looks and feels(other than minor soreness). I'm having regular BM's and still have lots of recovering to go thru, but so far so good. I went shopping for 1 hour yesterday and that lower back pain and pressure I had before surgery wasn't nagging at me. Did you see a uro/gyn? I would do that for a second opinion. I'm just hoping sex will be the same or better, but that will be a few weeks away. If you look up some of my older posts I had many post op issues, which actually made the surgery feel like a piece of cake! Also look up the posts about lifting restrictions, because that is important in keeping your repair from failing. I wish you luck. One more thing. My doc is the same age as me- he told me if I had a least 3-4 days a month that I suffered with the discomfort add that up over the course of a year. Many days are being lost due to quality of life issues. Thats what helped me make up my mind to go ahead and get the repair done.
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Unread 05-03-2007, 09:33 AM
All the king's horses and all the king's men

Fizz79,
I agree with the above post, please seek a second opinion from a uro/gyn and also make sure you are ready to accept that you will not be able to have any more children. It is possible to still carry a child with a prolapsed uterus, as soon as the uterus gets big enough, the size keeps it inside.
The uro/gyn's are the pelvic floor experts and also arm yourself with as much information as you can about the surgeries and the materials that may be used so you can make an informed decision in your surgery. My best wishes for you, I hope you are out of pain soon. Hugs.
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