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Unread 04-27-2004, 09:52 AM
one year post rectocele repair

So its been an entire year since my rectocele repair. For those who weren't around, or don't remember, I had a diagnosis of multiple defects and had a difficult time deciding exactly what to do. I finally decided on a site specific vaginal rectocele repair and a perineoplasty.

What do I think a year later? Positives - Its nice to not have pain, to not feel like I'm sitting on a tennis ball, to not bleed after intercourse, to not leak feces, to be able to have a bm without a lot of gyrations. Negatives - I'm still on a carefully managed high fiber diet since I still have issues that the surgery didn't address but I was aware of that going into the repair, and sometimes the scar tissue feels a little less pliable than I would prefer. I consider the negatives pretty minor in comparison to the improvement I have seen. I absolutely did not want yet another abdominal surgery, and I still do not if I can possibly avoid it, so the fiber thing is an ok concession to make.

Through my course of diagnosis and repair I saw - my local gyn, a local procto, a "big city" urogyn, and a "big city" colorectal surgeon. I had a colonoscopy, urodynamics testing and a defo. There were "issues" with the urogyn, and the colorectal surgeon gave me what felt like the best advise for ME, and ultimately my local gyn performed the repair based on info from the colorectal guy, the defo, and her own experience from dealing with me surgically in the past.

No regrets, and while I consider the process very long and drawn out I still view it a success for me.

I can't say enough, if you aren't comfortable with a doctor or an assessment, seek another opinion, or three! Make a decision that feels "right" for you. And be a "good girl", obeying all of your post op rules, for ever and ever.
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Unread 04-27-2004, 10:58 AM
Just had perineoplasty


I was interested to read your thread. I guess mine is similiar but different. I had a TVH and a Burch bladder operation in 2003, due to uterine and bladder prolaspe. (I've been incontinent since giving childbirth). Since that operation I was not able to have 'relations' with my husband without pain and still was leaking urine, also have a rectocele. To make a long story short I moved from Buffalo NY to Ohio during the past year. I found a pelvic floor specialist in a urology group. So just 10 days ago I had the perineoplasty and bladder sling surgery.

The surgery went well, stayed in the hospital overnight, (great hospital experience by the way). But I have been surprised at how much it knocked me out and I'm still spending most of my time on the couch.

How long was your recovery time?

Take care, Susan

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