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I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

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Unread 01-07-2004, 01:12 PM
Go for that Second Opinion,


I just got back home from my second opinion. I really think that you need one. We probably all should get one on such an important issue.

I was scheduled for a hysterectomy, rectocele, and cystocele repair. Actually, I should have had the surgery on January 2. It was postponed pending a second opinion. My second opinion doctor is a real gem, who really listened. He doesn't think that a hysterectomy is necessary and that the major issue is a large cystocele. He actually showed me in the mirror! He held the light and I held the mirror. He's trying a pessary for now. If that doesn't work, he will recommend cystocele repair.

Opinions vary. There seem to be no clear-cut answer. Therefore, get your second opinion!
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Unread 01-07-2004, 06:29 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I am almost 1 yr. post op. and I do see something up inside. However it is not near like it was before the hyst. when my bladder was practically hanging out. My cervix fell out and that called for the hyst. I am still having a little trouble with spotting. Not really red, just a pink tinge sometimes. Sex is horrible. Painful and dry. still have one ovary but not sure if that works right. Hate to take my hormones as breast cancer runs in my family. HELP?
Unread 01-07-2004, 06:47 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

Dear Sisters,
Because of you and your support I have the courage to continue the search for the best health that I can get at this time in my life. Today I went to see a nurse practitioner. I have seen her before when she worked in an Instant Care facility and really liked her. Now she has her own practice of patients in an office with another doctor. She also has fibromyalgia and is able to empathize with unresolved medical issues. She just talked to me today and changed the anti-depressant that I am on. She is going to see me next week to do a pelvic and check "THE BULGE!" She did say that it could be part of the vaginal vault which is there to create friction for love making (of course I am assuming that would be for our male counterparts benefit). She gave a certain name for it, but I had never heard it before and I can't remember what she called it, it was something like Rag.... Maybe someone else will come along who knows the name. If that was the case, why wouldn't my doctor explain that to me. Well, anyway I guess that I will know for sure next Monday. I agree that I had NO idea what changes would occur with this surgery. What bothers me is when we have complications that move into long term problems, the doctor's just want to dismiss us and leave us clueless as to what we should or can do next to try to resolve the problems. But, we will move forward to find our answers with or without them. Thanks for your posts of support.
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Unread 01-08-2004, 02:39 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery


I have faith that you will find a doctor who won't dismiss you and won't leave you feeling clueless.

For now this nurse practioner sounds swell! Good move on seeing her!

Please remember to update us after the exam. In the meantime, take care!
Unread 01-12-2004, 09:31 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

Hello Sisters,
I just got back from a second opinion with the nurse practioner. She confirmed that the "bulge" that I am feeling is called Rugae, the definition being a number of transverse ridges in the mucous membrane of the vagina. The purpose is to create friction during intercouse for pleasure. Once I got the name of it right I looked under the search mode here and found to other entries on it. It is something that we do want. I am so relieved to find this out. She ordered some blood work a mamogram did a pap smear and a breast exam and checked for blood in my stool. So, I won't have to go to the gyno for awhile. Sometimes it feels a little like cattle being herded in over there. They have seven doctor's and it's a mini hospital. I think I just needed some one to ground me in all of the confusion of specialists. Someone that I can go back to when I am feeling nervous or overwhelmed to make sure I am headed in the right direction. Thanks for your help and I hope this new info helps some of you other sisters.
Unread 01-12-2004, 10:18 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

This is great news!

We all need to find that doc/nurse practitioner that makes us feel comfortable.
Unread 01-13-2004, 06:40 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

Hi there, you know this could also be your uretha bulging,your bladderneck,as this has a ridged,not smooth, feel along the urethra.Was this what you where describing maybe thinking it was scar tissue?? It too can prolapse and maybe not be detected as easily!!! JUst a thought as this is what I had/have.....takecare debbiepx
Unread 01-13-2004, 11:23 PM


I was four months post hyst. when I discovered a "bulge"similar to what you described. Found out that it was my bladder that had dropped so. . . . had another surgery where a bladder sling was done. So far that had worked. My gyn said that sometimes this can occur in some women who have had hyst. Don't ignore the bulge. Get another opinion if necessary, but you know yourself the best! Good luck!


Ooops! Just read your update - glad to hear you got an answer- maybe my situation will help someone else!

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