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Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon! Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

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Unread 03-02-2005, 03:46 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

My rectocel surgery will be scheduled soon. I saw my doctor today (March 2nd). She told me all the cons to this surgery. She lays it on the line. She wants you to know your risks. I told her I was ready to take the risks. So she said, "O.K. let's do it. I will get the ball rolling, but right now our surgery scheduler is out on funeral leave." So, I really don't have an actual surgery date. We are thinking it will be sometime in early April. We shall see when it falls.

So, girls words of encouragement and any pros you can give me regarding this surgery would be greatly welcome at this time. I've already heard all the cons today from my doctor. So, please spare me the cons.

I want to hear things like you feel great now. Or tell me it didn't take you that long to recover. I'm hoping if one of my recovery requirements is "walk,walk,walk" like the hysterectomy recovery requirement, then I'm so glad we just recently had a Super Walmart built in our area - woo-hoo. That's where I'll be "walk, walk, walking".

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Unread 03-02-2005, 05:22 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

Hi Lonny

I hope you got my pm. It will be ok. I was totally shocked at how easy the recovery has been for me. I was prepared to have lots of pain, but it never happened.

My tvt is scheduled for April 4 as a outpatient procedure. I think I am going to go ahead with it. I am going to talk to my gyn tomorrow and see what his opinion is on biofeedback first, then make a decision.He knows my surgical history and type of job I have and would probably know which would be best for me.
I am not much on following through with rehab and running to the doctor's office every week.

Good luck Lonny. You will be glad when you get it done. I am!!!

Unread 03-02-2005, 06:33 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!


I bet just having the prolapse tvt fixed is similar to the rectocele repair. My bladder surgery recovery was done with my hysterectomy. My friend told me don't compair anything to the hysterectomy. She had a rectocele repair about 10 years ago. She had a hysterectomy about 15 years ago. She said the rectocele repair was nothing compaired to the hysterectomy. So I guess I'm just scared because I keep thinking how bad I was after my hysterectomy.

My doctor is going to keep me over night also. I'm not sure what type of anesthesia they will be using. I just hope they don't make me sick on my stomach. I have a tendancy to get sick from anethesia, but I always tell them this upfront and they make sure they give me some good drugs so I don't throw up. I think I worry too much - what do you think?

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Unread 03-02-2005, 08:38 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

yep, you worry too much, just like me

the tvt isn't being used to fix a prolapse. it gives support to the urethrea during abdominal stress. I do have a small cystocele and I don't think a tvt helps it at all. I am thinking that would be a whole different procedure. even with the spinal they had me sleeping the first 30 minutes. I guess this was the time they put my legs up into those high stirrups and put the catheter in hooked up the EKG and made the initial cuts. I was awake for 1 hour of the surgery. At one point I felt a little nauseous so I told the anesthesiast and she put a little something in my iv and I felt better right away. She stood right next to me the whole time and we just talked away and sometimes talked and joked with my dr. It wasn't a bad experience at all.

Easy recovery compared to my hyst.

Unread 03-03-2005, 08:22 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

Hi (((Lonny))) I can sure understand how you feel about the repair surgery: Pre-Hyst, I was more concerned about the repairs than I was about the actual hyst!!!

First thing: I'm sorry that I must disappoint you... I learned, the very hard way, that WalMart should be off-limits for newly crowned es.... it is far too tempting to overextend ourselves... and to find ourselves hurting the next day

Seriously: Only you, based on your doctor's recommendations and assessments, know how much this problem is affecting your quality of life and your health. A rectocele repair can be just just as major a surgery as the hyst!!! When deciding on whether or not surgery is right for you, you also need to take into consideration how severe the rectocele is: while it is unlikely that late stage 2 or stage 3 rectoceles will be helped with such things as pressaries, it may be possible to live a normal life with a stage 1 or early stage 2 prolapse.

Where recovery is concerned, it's hard for me to know what part of my recovery was due to the hyst, was part was due to the repairs and what part was due to both However, I can tell you that I had an episiotomy-like incision that was due to the repairs. While this tended to be very painful, it was easily soothed with Tylenol 3 from the 3rd day post-op. And the pain was, for the most part, a memory from about the 3rd week post-op.

One thing to keep in mind: even though I was released to resume most of my normal activities at my 6 week post-op appointment, the lifting and straining restrictions were maintained for several months beyond, in order to protect the repairs. Even now, over 4 years post-op, I still have to careful not to lift heavy objects of strain beyond a certain point.
Unread 03-03-2005, 09:50 PM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!


Thanks for your input. I had my bladder lift with my hysterectomy, so I have the same deal as you only different. I don't know how much of my recovery was due to my bladder lift and how much was due to the hysterectomy. The people that I have talked to on this site and those I have talked to that live near me that have had this repair after their hysterectomy tell me all the same thing. "Wow, it's NOTHING like the hysterectomy recovery". One of my friends who lives close by me said, "A piece of cake. Although, I know you'll be impatient like I was to get back into things before you are ready. But other than that - a piece of cake. Not like the hysterectomy! Not at all." I'm sure she was trying to keep me up beat. I know it won't actually be "a piece of cake", but I think she was saying compaired to her hysterectomy recovery to her it was like a piece of cake.

The location of my rectocele can't be helped with a pessary. There is no pessary designed to helped the kind I have. I was fitted with one by a nurse practicioner who didn't know this and I wouldn't want to wear it even if it did help. I don't think I could ever get used to it. It reminds me too much of that darn diaphram that gave me all those UTI's back in the 1980's. So, I'm taking my chances with the surgery.

Although my hysterectomy recovery was hard, I made it through and I'm determined to get through this and be functional again. I realize I will have straining limits. I already do, because of my bad knees. But, I'm still able to dance (tap, jazz, & ballet), work out at the gym two days per week, do yoga classes and other gym exercise classes. Someday, I'll graduate to the senior citizen classes because my body won't let me do these things anymore. I know that day will come. But I'm in my late 40's now and I'm not giving up and I'm not going to manage my rectocele for another 30 or so years of my life. I want it fixed NOW. I don't want to wait until it gets worse. It was a difficult decision for me, but it's what I think will be best for me.

Surgery is surgery. Some surgery is easier than others. I have a feeling and I'm hoping that this surgery is going to be much easier on my body than the combo-hysterectomy/bladder lift was. I have a feeling it will. At least I'm really hoping and praying it is. Because, my hysterectomy/bladder lift recovery was down right nasty!!!

BTW, I had such good muscle tone going into my SAH and bladder lift that when I was sent home my uro-gyn who is a pelvic floor specialist said, "we are not going to restrict you from using stairs. You have such strong legs from dancing and we feel that your pelvic floor is in very good shape. But, no hopping, skippling, leaping, running, or jogging. Just walk, walk, walk, as much as you want." I was thrilled because I thought I would never see my make-up mirror for weeks and weeks. But instead I could climb my stairs the first day I was home if I wanted to and put on my make-up. Of course, I had difficulty sitting at the mirror for a long time due to facia pain. So, I'd put on some make up and then go lie on the bed. Put on some more make-up and go lie on the bed. It took me a long time to put on my make-up. But darn-it I was determined I was going to sit at that vanity table and fix my make-up and do my hair even if it did take me 3 hours. I figured, "Where was I going anyway?" It wasn't like I was pressed for time or anything.

Unread 03-04-2005, 01:47 AM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

Hi Lonny,
I belive we know whats best for us and am proud that you are taking steps that work for you. I had alot of repairs done with mine and don't want you to be discoraged because I need more done. I really felt better afterwards. If your not on any fiber, this would be the perfect time to try some. I like benefiber, but everybody is different. You might want to try some to see what works best for you. It is very important that you don't get constiated after surgery. Good luck.
Unread 03-04-2005, 06:41 AM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!


Thanks for the encouragement. I can be very determined when my inner body hits me on the side of the head and says, "Hey we have to make some changes here or else!". I have completely changed my diet and have seen a big improvement with my BM. All my life because I was so active I could eat whatever I wanted to eat. Junk, junk, junk. But, finally, my insides said, "No more!" My inner body said, "O.K. girl friend we've been trying to get your attention for years, telling you to change your eating habits, we even made you attracted to a man who loves to eat healthy food and has been grabbing the junk food away from you for years, would you listen to him - Noooooo. You just would yell at him and tell him he was being mean and hateful - poor guy. He was only trying to help you - shame on you". So my inner body gave me acid reflux and a rectocele. Well, I guess it could have been worse. My inner body could have given me a heart attack or a stoke. My inner body tried to give me arythmia, but I was too healthy and it just mysteriously went away. I guess my inner body figured if the acid reflux and rectocele didn't work it would resort to the stoke or heart attack in the next decade. Thank God I got the wakeup call before that happened.
Unread 03-04-2005, 10:08 AM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!

I had a rectocele repair done in my early 40s. It was done as an outpatient procedure. The recovery was not difficult for me. I hope yours is as easy as mine was .
Unread 03-04-2005, 11:57 AM
Rectocele Surgery to be Scheduled Soon!


I'm so glad to hear this. This is the kind of thing I need to hear. I'm in my 40's and I'm in very good physical condition. I'm hoping to be back on my feet more quickly than the SAH recovery.

Thanks for sharing. I don't have my surgery date yet. They told me they call me next week and give me one. So, I'm just dieing to know when it's going to be. The only thing I know is that it will be done on a Monday.

I live in the boonies of West Virginia and my surgery is being done in Pittsburgh. DH and I had planned two fun trips to Pittsburgh and both had to be canceled due to his job. So, I'm thinking.... Hmmmm.... maybe we should plan to do something fun the weekend before my surgery in Pittsburgh. What do you girls think?


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