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Unread 03-04-2004, 06:47 PM

Eight weeks post-op from having my remaining ovary removed. Just found out that fullness I feel in my vagina (kind of like a tampon or a ping pong ball is stuck in there when I'm sitting down) is possibly a mild to moderate rectocele. Going for x-rays this weekend.

I decided to have my "longtime GYN" examine me because it just doesn't feel right down there. How I wish she could have also done this recent surgery - but her group does not participate with my current healthcare plan and I couldn't afford to go out of network.

When I described this feeling to the doc who did do the surgery when I first saw her in October 03, she told me that everything looked and felt NORMAL.

Wondering if anyone else has had a retrocele.

TAH and One Ovary removed 1998
Remaining Ovary removed 2004
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Unread 03-06-2004, 06:43 PM

Hi ((Endo3)),
I'm sorry to hear you suffering these complications You will find quite a few gals here suffering this same or similar prolapses Unfortunately, I am one of them <sigh> I am 4 yrs Post-TAH and was dx'd with a vaginal vault prolapse several months ago. It has caused my bladder & rectum to come down as well. I have that same *tampon* or *something* is in there feeling. I also have a bulge appear

If you'll use the Search function above w/*Rectocele or Prolapse* as the keyword you will turn up several threads. I'm sure others will drop by shortly & share their experiences also. Good Luck with your upcoming appt...hopefully, she will have some answers for some relief to this

Unread 03-08-2004, 12:44 PM

Dear Endo3,

Yes, I have a rectocele too. The gynecologist who did my surgery also kept telling me there was nothing wrong. Finally I went to my family doctor who immediately diagnosed the rectocele. This was followed up by a trip to a specialist who confirmed the diagnosis with a CT and recommended surgery. However, before surgery I went to an endocrinologist who put me on estrogen therapy which helped to build up my vaginal wall so much that I have been able to avoid the surgery. It is critical that I keep my bowel movements soft so my diet has been changed. (No more pizza for me!)

This just the condensed version of my story and if you want to ask me any more questions I would be happy to answer anything.

Best wishes for you though this ordeal.
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Unread 03-08-2004, 05:11 PM

((((Endo3)))) I'm so sorry you're dealing with this complications

In my case, I had the rectocele prior to my hyst and it was repaired at the same time as the TVH. However, I do remember just how uncomfortable that "bulge" was: I often compared it to sitting on fence

While I was researching my options for the prolapse, I found out that there were a few non-surgical options available, including (but not limited) using a pressary. However, what I found out was that those options would only really work for prolapses that were diagnosed in their early stages. In my case, it was a stage 3 rectocele and surgery was indicated.

In addition to ensuring regularity, my doctor warned me that it was important to avoid straining. Furthermore, even over 3 years post-op, I still have to be very careful not to lift anything too heavy or straining, since the repair can be undone.

Sending lots of s your way. Please keep us posted.

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