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Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH? Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

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Unread 12-05-2004, 09:10 PM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

Hello, I'm scheduled for an abdominal hysterectomy and rectocele repair on Jan. 13th. The oncologist who will do the hysterectomy has done a nice job explaining that part of the procedure. However, the GYN will repair the rectocele and he isn't a talker I ask questions and still don't end up knwing a lot. I know he goes in via the vagina and uses cadaver tissue to repair it. Other than that his insight was limited to telling me I wasn't going to like it very much.

Has anyone had the rectocele repair and can tell me a bit about what to expect during recovery... how bad, how long.

I find it most dificult to not have a clear idea of what to expect.

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Unread 12-05-2004, 10:16 PM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

It sounds like you are having a graft-enhanced rectocele repair. They are supposed to have better long term results than a standard repair, especially for women that have trouble with constipation.

I had mine done four weeks ago with a TVH. It was painful for the first week, but except for one time when I forgot to take my pain meds the pain was controllable. Four weeks later I still find it difficult to sit. My doctor says it will take another two to four weeks to heal enough so that will be comfortable.

Am I glad I got it fixed! Heck yes!!! I was very concerned before surgery because I didn't know exactly what to expect. It's no picnic, but the results are worth it.
Unread 12-05-2004, 10:37 PM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

Thank you Jane. It is a comfort to hear you being upbeat Are the inital BMs painful or uncomfortable?

I feel kind of silly being worried about this when I'm hardly concerned about all the major remodling that will be going on with my hysterectomy. My one real concern there was how being overweight might affect the healing but I've found other posts here that have eased those fears.

I'm so glad the internet and this site are here for us!
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Unread 12-06-2004, 09:54 AM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

My doctor had me do a bowel prep before surgery, and after surgery I was on stool softeners and a mild laxative. The first BM was not real comfortable, but wasn't agonizing either. My doctor says I have to be extremely careful not to get constipated in the first three months, so I am on an exciting regimen of stool softeners and metamucil. If I think there's even a hint of constipation I have a laxative to take, but fortunately I haven't needed to use it much.

I don't blame you for worrying about this, but I think it won't be as bad as you're imagining. The very worst part is trying to think of things to do either standing up or lying down since sitting is out of the question for a while.
Unread 12-06-2004, 10:12 AM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

Here's a link to a page that describes the rectocele repair in detail. However, you should know that it comes complete with pictures and photos and may be too graphic to look at prior to surgery. One of my coworkers wanted more detail on the surgery and I showed her this site. She didn't eat her lunch that day.
Unread 12-06-2004, 05:35 PM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

Jane, thanks for the link. I find it much easier to move forward with something unpleasant when I have a clear understanding of it. It's not hard to see why this will make sitting a chore!

Would one of those doughnut pillows make sitting easier? Maybe I'll have one on hand just in case. Now I can go back to worrying about how I'm going to sleep after surgery. I've never been able to sleep on my back. Ha, if it isn't one thing it's another!

I got my confirmation of the surgery date today so it's all starting to come together. I'm kind of happy/excited as I am hopeful this will put an end to so many little irritants in my life.
Unread 12-06-2004, 06:38 PM
Anyone have rectocele repair with TAH?

Several of the ladies on the board that had rectoceles repaired say their donut pillows were essential. I've got two and I think it's more uncomfortable to sit on a donut than to sit on a regular pillow. I guess everyone's different!

They don't cost that much, so just in case you're one of the ones that thinks they help you might as well pick one up.

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