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Unread 08-13-2004, 01:57 PM
Rectocele repair only

I had a SAH April 04 and then a colpo suspension (false ligaments from cervix to sacrum) because my cervix had prolapsed in Dec 04. Since that I've had stress incontinence and I have just found out that I have a rectocele.

I'm loath to have any more operations - what I've read so far here makes a rectocele sound like a long time recovering (has anyone had a rectocele done on its own, repaired from inside the vagina?).

If I don't have the rectocele repaired (I get constipated and it 'gathers' and I have to push from inside my vagina sometimes) is it likely to get worse? Will exercises improve the situation?

Any ideas would be great.

For the stress incontinence, I'm just doing loads of exercises and hoping I can overcome it that way. My uro dynamic (or whatever) tests show that my bladder is perfectly able to hold a normal amount. I'm wondering if the catheter post-op causes a lot of sensitivity that does eventually settle.

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Unread 08-15-2004, 08:51 PM
Rectocele repair only

((((Beth))))) I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time

I can't answer your question about recovery from rectocele repair on it's own: I had a 3rd stage rectocele repaired at the same as my hyst, and it's hard to know which part of recovery was due to the repairs and which part was due to the hyst. However, I might be able to help with the other questions.

Regarding whether or not a rectocele can worsen if surgery is postponed: according to my doctor, the answer to this question would be yes. Especially if your lifestyle includes a lot of straining and lifting, since these will put a lot of stress on the pelvic floor.

Pelvic Therapy might help both the rectocele and the incontinence issues: it actually involves biofeedback therapy and will help sthengthten the pelvic muscles. A therapist will insert a probe in the vagina. The probe is linked to a computer system that is used to send impulses to muscles to stimulate contractions. The therapy also involves having you work those muscles while the biofeedback software monitors the strength and effectiveness of the contractions.

In order to help you in your quest for answers, here's a link to our Resources Database, specifically where they relate to Prolapse resources:

Wishing you the best of luck. Please be sure to keep us posted.
Unread 08-19-2004, 02:02 AM
Rectocele repair only

Hi Beth,
I have had both rectecole and entrecole surgery just 2 months ago. While exersize's will help strengten the muscle's, it wont fix your problem. You can prolong the amount of time you wait to have it fixed by making sure you don't strain to have a BM. I would highly suggest you talk to your dr about taking stool softeners and a good daily fiber to keep you from getting constpaited. I use Bene-Fiber and love it as it is a tasteless and oderless fiber. You also dont get any of the grittieness either. You can put it in any kind of drink, including water. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Unread 08-23-2004, 02:04 AM
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hi beth ,

i am 5 weeks post op, for just the rectocele. I had my surgery done via the back passage only, so i couldnt see any stitches at all.

When i woke up from the surgery i felt amazingly great. I stayed in for 3 days. I had no pain at all, until i had a bowell movement then it was just discomfort. I had a clot that was causeing the most amount of discomfort. But after antibiotics it was cleared. At 8 -10 days they say that a lot of people have a bleed, which i did 8 days, i layed down for an hour and was fine after.

I took bowell softeners for 2 weeks and watched my diet. I now feel really good i feel the op has worked well, i feel really good. I do still think the stitches are still in there.

I was very dubious of the surgery before hand, but i can really say i am pleased i had it done.

If i can help any more please contact me,

Take care for now

Unread 08-23-2004, 07:23 AM
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Hi Nicky

My, you've had a tough time. My next referal, having already been told by a specialist that the repair would be best done from the vagina side, is to a gynaecologist again.

I've been warned by another gynae once that repairs done from inside the vagina can be a problem with discomfort later - probably meaning sex. So, I'm wondering what that's all about ...

Still not made a decision, have some kind of stress incontinence so am waiting to see how that end goes before I decide anything. Will probably start a new thread on some advice I need on that one.

What a wonderful resource this is for women. In the UK we get passed from one specialist to another - they all have their own views of how things should be fixed. If only there were people who dealt with the whole puzzle.

Unread 08-23-2004, 05:11 PM
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(((Beth))) I'm sorry that you're still having problems and do not seem any closer to resolution It's great that you are taking your time and looking at your options

I had a Stage III Rectocele repaired from inside the vagina. For me, this didn't result in any pain and intercourse is just the same as it always was. Granted, things are a little tighter down there and the extra stitches that were put in to strengthten the pelvic floor needed some adjusting to... but, for me, it was all worth it.

Regarding the stress incontinence, have you mentionned this to your doctor? This problem could also be related to the rectocele issue: if the rectocele is causing pressure on your pelvic floor, it could result in a reduced ability to use the pelvic muscles effectively.

Sending lots of s your way. Please, do keep us posted.
Unread 08-24-2004, 02:05 AM
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Hi Beth,

I am from Newbury, berkshire. I know exactley what you are saying about being passed from one doc to another. I was referrred the gyn and he passed me to the colo rectal surgeon, who said he would to the rectocele, but if i needed the any other gyny surgery done he was pass me back to the gyny doc. OH my the uk for you. lol

Keep your chin up, do as much research as possible. I cant advise as to whether there will be pain after the vagina surgery as mine was done anally. Also i havnt test drove mine yet lol i am only 5 weeks. I have been told to await the famous 6 weeks. All i can say is that i feel really good. I dont feel sore or pressure. Every now and then i get a little poke from the stitches because they used so many to support the muscles in side. But i have no lump in side the vagina any more and if i press down on the back wall of the vagina it does not hurt at all.

In the end i asked my gp what she would do and she wrote to the docs saying i was confussed and they then discussed it between them selves and the colo rectal doc did the works.

Good luck with what you decide.

Let us know how you get on.



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