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anyone had to have rectocele repair re-done? anyone had to have rectocele repair re-done?

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Unread 08-06-2003, 08:41 AM
anyone had to have rectocele repair re-done?

I had TVH with repairs in Jan 03, and have had problems with the rectocele repairs ever since. It looks as if I will have to have surgery to correct the problems. I see the colo-rectal surgeon 8/21, and will know then what will have to be done to correct it.

The gyn that did the repairs says my problems are not related to the repair surgery. My family practitioner said "sometime mistakes are made and sometimes a stitch gets misplaced", and referred me to the colo-rectal specialist. I am not sure what they might need to do, in part because I am not sure exactly what is wrong. There seems to be a stricture or constriction, either because the repair was done too tightly, a misplaced stitch, the rectocele wasn't completely corrected, or the rectum has a twist or kink in it.

I am quite miserable most of the time. I have been using fiber supplements, stool softeners, enemas, and even laxatives for 5 months. Although he doesn't doubt that there is a constriction, my family practitioner said to discontinue any laxatives, add mineral oil, and a concoction of prune juice, applesauce, and oatmeal until I see the specialist. I am able to pass bowel movements, but it is very painful, and very difficult. I don't relish the idea of more surgery on this part of my body, but I can't live with this much longer.

Has anyone had a rectocele repair re-done? What am I in for as far as recovery time, etc.? Because I don't know exactly what needs to be done, I am a little nervous. It's funny, I have been sure for a while that something was going to have to be repaired again - but it sort of disconcerts you to have the Dr confirm that to you...

Thanks in advance for any input anyone has...

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Unread 08-06-2003, 10:50 AM
anyone had to have rectocele repair re-done?

(((((Deborah)))))) I'm so sorry that you're facing another surgery, so soon after your hyst

Since I also had a rectocele repaired along with my TVH, I can fully understand your reluctance at having another surgery affecting that area Since my repairs have been holding, I haven't needed another surgery. Hopefully, someone will come along soon with some insight for you.

Sending lots of s your way and hoping that you have some answers soon.


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