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Unread 01-21-2005, 03:34 PM
tvh WITH posterior repair, (OR WITHOUT) please respond

Hi, I had a TVH with posterior repair and TVT (tension free vaginal tape, which is a bladder op - dunno, is it the same as a bladder sling??)

Anyway, what I wanted to ask was:

My major pain after surgery was the repair - my perineum had be sliced open, and my vaginal stitched up in all sorts of places.

I was not aware of any abdominal pain despite the fact that my uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries had been cut out, and their must have been a lot of stitching/scars/

Now, at 9 wks post op; the only pain I am left with is some tightness in my perineum with the scar tissue; and a nasty ache in my left abdomin, feels like . . .. well feels like something has been chopped out of my insides, and hasn't healed.

Is this normal????

If I lift (the children or shopping or whatever) I feel like I have pulled a horrible muscle there.

Is something wrong?
Are there exercises I can do to help (I've been doing Kegels and it has soooo much helped my perineum/pelvic floor)

If all you've had done is a TVH - how do you feel with no external scars or stitches to cope with, how is healing??

It is harder, in a way to make people understand I am still healing, when there is no scar to show.

Thanks for any thoughts
H
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Unread 01-21-2005, 04:07 PM
tvh WITH posterior repair, (OR WITHOUT) please respond

Hi Hjhope,

I had the bladder sling done and a rectocele repair. I also felt like those repairs caused me a lot more discomfort than the tvh would have all by itself and increased my recovery time.
I had the small incisions in my perineum and they were really tender for a long time. It sounded like you had similar if not the same. Sitting for very long was hard for quite a while.
You are still healing. It is pretty normal to have aches and pains, especially with lifting. I have been working to strengthen my abdominals. We have to remember that those muscles haven't been used and we can hurt ourselves because they are not strong. I have had to be very careful lifting my grandson and at Christmas time I found I couldn't move the furniture like I would normally have done. I was about 14 weeks at that time. We are all different, but wanted to reassure you that you are not abnormal. If you have a pain that continues and seems extreme don't hesitate to call and ask your dr about it.
I think if you work to get all your muscles back in shape you will find you can do more. Good luck with it all and hope you are feeling strong again soon.
Oh, I don't think the TVT is exactly the same thing as a bladder sling. It sounds similar, though. I don't have a clear understanding of the difference. Maybe someone can inform us.

s, Rita
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Unread 01-21-2005, 08:32 PM
tvh WITH posterior repair, (OR WITHOUT) please respond

Hi hjhope,

I had TVH with rectocele repair and that is what I had pain from, mostly my rear. I could not sit for long and when I did I needed a pillow. I also had slow unhealed tissue at the vaginal cuff repair area that was tender and sore.

My tummy never really hurt, just a little sore at first. The dr told me in Pre op visit that if I was having just the TVH I would feel better at 4 weeks than 6weeks. He was right on that part, but did not anticipate the granulation on the cuff, which took 3 treatments to fix over several months time span.

I guess it took a total of 6 months before all the issues were a thing of the past.

Oh, I had a lot of problems with constipation from the surgery itself and the rectocele.

Everyone is different and you may be slow healing inside in different area than I had. I have read here that some ladies had no problem with the rectocele. I was truely amazed by that.

Yes, get with dr if you are not getting better and in pain. I am sorry I don't know anything about the TVT. I just wanted to let you know you were not the only one with slow healing. It should get better in time, just keep on top of it.

s
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