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Unread 04-09-2004, 12:24 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

HI out there,

I am new here but feel its a great site to get some advice and offer i can. I Had a tvh when i was 25 due to a proplapse. I am now 29 and was told yesterday that i need a rectocele, tvt for the bladder and a vault repair. any ideas how i can help my self before i go for the op, this is due to be in June sometime. Any other adivce with regard this op would be gratefully appreciated.

Keep up the good work hyster sisters,

Regards

Nicky
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Unread 04-11-2004, 10:01 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt



Hi Nicky,

I'm awfully sorry that you are facing more surgery after your hyst.

I had a rectocele repair at the same time as my hyst, but didn't have the other problems that you are facing. In my case, I found that the episiotomy-like incision that was made was more uncomfortable than my actual vaginal hyst. Since some pain meds are constipating, it's important to talk to your doctor in advance about what he recommends in case you do become constipated. I took an over-the-counter stool softener (after getting the doctor's OK), and it helped.

You'll also probably want to have a donut pillow on hand to sit on (have it in the car for your ride home from the hospital, too) until your stitches have healed.

I hope that others will come along soon who have had a TVT and a vaginal vault repair so they can share their experiences with you.

I'm glad you found Hystersisters, but sorry that it's because you are facing more surgery.

S
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Unread 04-11-2004, 05:29 PM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

Hi (((Nicky))) and welcome to Hyster Sisters I'm so sorry you found us because of all these problems

Just life Karen did, I had a rectocele repaired at the same as my TVH. I also had the same experience: the pain from the episiotomy-like incision was worse than the pain from the Hyst. However, in my case, the pain was easily managed withExtra-strength Tylenol, from the 3rd post-op. Fortunately, after a few more days, the pain turned to discomfort and would be easily handled, provided I didn't overdo it sitting or standing in place.

I agree with (((Karen))) that a donut or a small pillow will be a must, at least for those early weeks. I also found that using a peri-bottle filled with warm water to spray on the area was a life savor: don't forget to ask for one while in the castle.

Another thing I wanted to mention is the fact that I've had to be very careful with straining and lifting, even at 3 1/2 years post-op. This is in order to avoid damaging the repairs. and I've been told that those restrictions are permanent.

One more thing you might want to ask your doctor is for a referral to a Pelvic Therapy specialist. I've now been referred to one, due to on-going incontinence problems: from giving birth to two large babies, the strain of the fibroid and the further damage to the pelvic area thanks to the TVH and repairs, my pelvic floor has been considerably weakened. Having Pelvic Therapy from the time that the "nothing in the vagina" restriction is lifted could have avoided the stress and embarrassement caused by this problem.

Sending lots of s your way and wishing you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery. Please be assured that we'll be with you every step of the way.
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Unread 04-12-2004, 01:26 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

thank you both for replying to me,

i was starting to think i was the only person with all of the prolapses in one go.

I have had more time to read the site now and realise i am not the only one.

Us poor women,i was having a joke with the doc the other day, and asked him why i havent ever seen a female gyn and how would he know how i felt lol, his answer was men have a lot to deal with aswell, with a female nurse there he had no chance against us both. bless him lol

I am really worried about this, they havent mentioned not lifting heavy things. My kids are 4, 6 and 8 i have to lift its my job lol. I have been going to the gym since feb and feel in great shape for the op. Even though its a big one i feel i should recover well. Its just the long term i worry about.

I will ask to see the pelvic therapy specialist. If we have one here lol this is the England things are different here. They are free which is great for people like me with all these problems. I read about some people paying a fortune on here for their care.

Have either of you have the sacrocolopopexy, i need this and this is my major worry, i have had no abdominal surgery before.

keep in touch, thanks for the reply
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Unread 04-12-2004, 09:50 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

Hi (((Nicky)))) I understand how you feel about the no lifting restriction: my kids were 9 1/2 and the youngest turned 5 the day I came home from the castle. At that time, lifting was very much a part of my life

What I've learned to do, since my surgery, is to limit the lifting. Thankfully, now that they're 8 1/2 and almost 13, they no longer require much lifting (thankfully: My DS is now taller than I am and weighs a whopping 165!!!), but in the early days/years past my hyst, my DD was still young enough to require and desire lifting. What I would do is ask her to meet me halfway: she would climb on a stool, a step, etc. and, if needed, I would pick her up from there. Most of the time, I would have DH pick her up... And, now that she's older, on the days where she wants to be picked, DH is always the one who picks her up.

Since your children are so young, please do mention this to your surgeon: it's especially important to avoid further prolapse.

Sending lots of s your way. Please be sure to keep us posted.
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Unread 04-13-2004, 01:35 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

ty for the advice,

i will speak to the doc today, to see what he says.

In a typical day i pick my children up so many times and lift them in to bed and out for a wee and so on. I cant imagine what it would be like not to be there for them like that when they cry and not to carry them and not to be able to run around the garden with them on my back. (and theres me wondering why i prolapsed lol)
I wonder what would happen if i asked the doc to do the surgery in a few years time instead of now. ?? Maybe it would be better to to see what develops over time (or drops lol )

take care ill let you know what happens
Hugs to you all
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Unread 04-13-2004, 07:20 PM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

Oh (((Nicky)))) believe me, I know how hard it is not to pick them up, especially when they're hurting (either physically or emotionally) :cry: However, over the years, both my children and myself have found other ways to get close... ways that do not involve possible damage to my body.

As far as waiting is concerned, for me, it wasn't an option: both the prolapse and the fibroid were bad enough that they needed to be attended to. One thing I found out was that waiting could make the symptoms worse, the prolapse more severe and, in certain cases, could lead to chronic UTI's. However, if you want to research that option, here's a link to our Resources Directory's resources on Prolapse. There might be other resources: I only searches on "Prolapse". Some more might come up if you search on the various "cele".

Wishing you the best of luck. Please keep us posted.
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Unread 04-14-2004, 06:16 AM
sacrocolopopexy

Are you sure this has to be done abdominally? I had one with my vag hyst, anterior repairs, and bladder sling. I had laproscopic assist.
(Maybe I had something else, but I'm sure my dr. called it that???)

I can tell you I had it to keep my vaginal cuff up where it should be and I have a permanent stitch there. My right butt cheek hurt for awhile, especially when sitting for a long time. That pain must be quite common as that was the first question my dr. had for me postop.

Well, I lifted a college-aged girl (not even my daughter!) as our "greeting" up to the hyst. so I guess that's why I joined the prolapse sister group too! Part of my identity is definitely tied up with being strong, like my Mom. I'm still trying to figure out what I can be if not strong. However, I'm obeying dr's orders and not doing heavy lifting.
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Unread 04-14-2004, 01:52 PM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

I had an abdominial hysterectomy over a year ago, with vault and rectocele repair. I ended up with pudendal neuropathy - a horribly painful and life-altering condition. My personal advice to you is to get a second opinion, preferably with the most qualified person you can find - who performs surgery at a large, regional, reputable medical center, and to find the best surgeon possible, if your 2nd opinion also says go. It may take more time to schedule the surgery, but if there is no real rush, this could save you endless misery. Also, be sure you know and have tried any conservative treatment before agreeing to surgery. If you are able to live a painfree, active lifestyle now, you may not want to risk it.
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Unread 04-15-2004, 02:05 AM
Rectocele, Vault prolapse and i need a tvt

hi thanks for you help,

I need a sacropoplexy and the doc said he can only do it through the abdominal wall as i already have healed from the tvh Hysterectomy i had 3 years back.


I have seen a colorectal surgeon and then the gyny. The colo surgeon wants to do the rectocele and the gyny wants to do the tvt and sling. But they dont want to do it at the same time. Which i think is madness. I dont want to have one and then take 6 weeks or more to heal then go through it all again.

I dont get any real pain but i have problems going to the toilet(poo) lol. During the examinations i have had they have found all the other problems. I am slightly stress incontinent. But if surgery increases my chances of developing a more serious incontinent then i am not certain if it is worth it. I am so confused i got my date for surgery yesterday it will be the 3rd of August if i got ahead.
I think i should speak to a physiotherapist as well see what they say.

Thanks again for your help
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