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Unread 01-23-2005, 10:04 PM
can rectocele and cystocele go away over time?????


I had my rectocele and SAH at the same time.
The rectocele repair also consisted of perineum repair, due to the fact that when the URO went in to do the repair, she stated that I had a very thin vaginal vault, so she had to alter the way the repair was done.

The hysto recovery was easy compared to the many stitches in and around my bottom area. As stated previously, sitting is the painful position. I did a lot of reclining after I learned the hard way that just "resting" was not exactly helping me recover.

It still is somewhat tender. I see the doc this week for my 6-8 wk clearance. She had mentioned pelvic floor rehabilitation, so that's what is next for me.

My perineum is not like it was prior to surgery. She commented about the scar tissue from episiotomies, BUT, I had 2 c-sections!!

Hopefully, the pelvic rehab will make me a little more comfortable.
This doc's doing a seminar about sexual dysfunction, so I will be getting insight from that along with her guidance to my continued recovery. At least she didn't just stitch me up, and send me off!!!!

If you are properly prepared and realistic about the recovery, you should do fine. I'm guessing 1-2 night hosp. stay?
Make sure you get 1 or 2 inflatable donuts to sit on, and have a small pillow with you for the 1st few weeks, so that you CAN sit.
That really helped me. (My donut was my BEST friend...) Keep the bowels soft, so there's no straining is about the best advice that one could give.

Good luck, please keep us posted.

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Unread 01-24-2005, 01:09 AM
can rectocele and cystocele go away over time?????

I was wondering, where do you get the donuts at? And is it best to spend much time in bed during the early recovery stage?
I continue to be full of questions, sorry.

Unread 01-24-2005, 06:50 AM
can rectocele and cystocele go away over time?????

The hospital provided the donuts. You may want more than one, in case 1 springs a leak, as they are inflatable.
I'm not sure if the doc needs to have them on order.
I am pretty sure that they could also be acquired through a medical supply store, or at a drugstore that carries medical supplies.
As far as time in bed, I spent a lot of time on the couch. I was getting up and getting everything that I needed, and that was NOT good. After a few days, I told DH that he would have to wait on me, and I started watching the time up , as compared to down.
I tried to spend more time with the weight off of the pelvic area, which pretty much meant some form of reclining.
I had a small stand, with a cookie sheet on top for a hard surface, and had a basket which had everything I needed, for example, lotion, chapstick, nail file/clippers, gum, pens, post-its/paper, cordless phone, planner, etc...I think you get the drift. I also had books and magazines within reach, as well as the reomote. Lots of pillows and a nice blankie, too.

I hope that this helps.
Take care,
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Unread 01-24-2005, 07:17 PM
can rectocele and cystocele go away over time?????

Peggy: As is the case with most surgeries, you do not want to spend a whole lot of time in bed. You need to move and, most of all, , in order to avoid blood cloats and to facilitate the digestive system.

As I mentionned earlier, sitting was the hardest activity for me: it would put a lot of strain on both the perineal stitches and the internal stitches. With the repairs, you'll still have internal stiches, mainly inside the vagina.

Think of this surgery along the same line as for the hyst: recovery includes walking, drinking water and resting

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