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  #1  
Unread 02-02-2004, 06:37 AM
Rectocele?

Can someone explain what rectocele is to me please?

Tinkkb
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  #2  
Unread 02-02-2004, 07:29 AM
Rectocele?

Hi!

A rectocele is a bulging of the rectum into the vagina (like a hernia) according to what my doctor told me. I just had mine fixed on 12/30 along with a bladder suspension and a partial hysterectomy. That part of me feels SOOO much better now!
  #3  
Unread 02-02-2004, 07:49 AM
Rectocele?

collanderhead:
Would it be obvious during a normal pelvic exam? The reason I ask is that I have been having the most "paralyzing" rectal pains. I talked to the doc, he put me on antiboitics just in case of infection in the bowels, but no known reason at this point for the pains. If the meds don't work by next week I get to go see another doc (not sure what kind). These pains are almost worse than waking up in recovery from TAH. Anyway, thank you for telling me what rectocele is.
Hope your recovery is going well.

Best wishes,
Tinkk
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  #4  
Unread 02-02-2004, 08:18 AM
Rectocele?

Tinkk~

When I went for a regular gyn. check-up, my doctor found mine. It was huge, so was pretty obvious, I guess. The funny thing is that I didn't know I even had it! I had had some trouble with constipation, but found out that it was actually the rectocele causing the constipation. Bowel movements were actually getting stuck in the herniated section that was bulging into my vagina. The straining was making it worse. Mine was a result of having three large babies my doctor said. Hope you get some answers and that this post helps some. Have a great day!
  #5  
Unread 02-03-2004, 09:21 AM
Rectocele?

Maybe the pains are rectal spasms. Think I've had the same thing and yes, they are "paralyzing"!
  #6  
Unread 02-03-2004, 11:31 AM
Rectocele?

Collanderhead,
My (biological) sister (not hyster sister) needs the rectocele repair. She's been suffering with this for many years. She manually has to help her bowel movement. She doesn't know anyone personally who has had this done and is scared because she doesn't know what to expect. Would you please you tell us your experience in your recovery time and how much pain? She is a big boss in her company so time off is an issue, along with the cost. Approx. how much does this cost?
Is this a success story for you?

Is there a good site she can check out on the web? She has so many unanswered questions.
Thanks
  #7  
Unread 02-03-2004, 12:55 PM
Rectocele?

Oh, wow. I still feel so new at this myself that I'm not sure how much help I will be, but I can tell you what I've experienced. The nurse practitioner that diagnosed me with the rectocele had also had one herself and said it was 2 very painful weeks of recovery for her. My experience has been very different. Mine hasn't been painful at all. Now keep in mind that I also had a vaginal hysterectomy, cystocele repair, and bladder suspension at the same time, so I have had OTHER pain, but not from the rectocele. I am 5 weeks post-op today. I have had only a handful of sharp pains in my rectum that go away as quickly as they come, and I've been told those are just "healing" pains. I have been VERY careful to walk around the house, drink water and take a stool softener after meals. I was horrified to have my first BM after surgery, but it was no problem at all. My DH bought me a doughnut pillow at Walgreens and that has been very comfortable to sit on, but I try not to sit for extended stretches of time.

As far as cost...here again, I had lots of other stuff done, so can't really say what it would cost just for that. Obviously, considerably less than what mine cost. (We got the bill from the hospital over the weekend - a little over $22,000!!!!! We're waiting for an itemized bill. Thank goodness for insurance, but that is still unbelievable!)

Hope everything goes well. Let me know if I can be of further help.
  #8  
Unread 02-03-2004, 02:37 PM
Rectocele?

Collanderhead,
Thanks for you quick reply. I appreciate your information and will foward this info to my sis.
Best of recovery to you.
Colleen
  #9  
Unread 02-03-2004, 02:59 PM
Rectocele?

Teach2~

I just noticed you are from Merritt Island. We were in Cocoa Beach this fall for a week and did some shopping and eating out in Merritt Island. It's a great place! I have a friend who teaches in Cocoa Beach and some friends whose kids go to school in Merritt Island.

Hope your sis does great!
  #10  
Unread 02-05-2004, 05:29 PM
Rectocele?

I have a rectocele, and my symptoms are identical to Teach2's sister. Like Collanderhead, mine was discovered when I went for my annual exam. I'd asked the RNP about incontinence (she was the first one I'd ever felt comfortable talking with), and she said she'd give me a referral to see a urogyn. As she was doing the exam, she asked if I had problems with BMs-- constipation, pressure in the vagina when having a BM, etc. I was surprised she could tell! I would have to put pressure on the perineum to "redirect" the rectocele (only I didn't know that's what it was), otherwise it acted like a pouch and just stretched.

I go in for surgery tomorrow (all the 'celes, plus a TAH). Check back with me in a few weeks, and I'll let you know how it went!
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