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Unread 04-16-2005, 05:53 AM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

I was just wondering about something. I have surgery May 20 and was told recovery for 6 weeks. With doing nothing. I have a rectocele and the bladder has to be put in a sling. I know you aren't suppose to excerise during recovery. I was also told I have to be careful lifting after recovery. What kind of excerising can you do without damaging all the repair? I have my 30 year high school reunion in July. I was planning to start some heavy dieting and excerise until all this was going on to loss that winter fat. Well my health kinda screwed that up! It's bad enough to stay put with all the nice weather at the end of May and the month of June. I know I won't be able to loss that much before the reunion

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Unread 04-16-2005, 12:41 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Hi Linda, I do have a rectocele, though mine has not been repaired, there are other sisters who have had that surgery and I am sure they will be along to give you their story. I know from what I have learned from them, that yes, lifting after recovery can be restricted. The best advice that I can offer, is to give your surgeon a call and see what he/she tells you. I know that I can't do any lifting with this rectocele unless I want it to get bigger (and I don't ) I know all about getting ready for the reunion, I had to miss my 20 yr. last fall because I was recovering from surgery.
Unread 04-16-2005, 02:11 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

I didn't know that lifting now could make it bigger! No wonder I'm starting a really bad flare up! I haven't gone in 5 days now. I have eaten only fibers like rasin bran, lettuce salads. Lots of water and nothing. My boss knows about this. I work in the store part of a CVS Pharmacy. I'm a Shift Supervisor. She told me the other morning to think about working in the Pharmacy. We do a lot of lifting but there is plenty of work that doesn't need lifting. She knows I don't really want to do the Pharamcy. So what does she do to me. Makes me do a lot of work that consists in lifting. Heavy things to top it off. She knows I'm on pain killers the doctor prescibed. While her and one of the cashiers reworked shelves with new plan a grams. There is no lifting at all in those. I have the weekend off. I can feel things flaring bad today!!! Lots of burning feelings. Even for the first time the virgna area feels tingly and numb! Nothing will move.

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Unread 04-16-2005, 07:47 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Hi ((((Linda)))) I had a Stage III rectocele repaired at the same time as my hyst. Yes, there are added lifting and straining restrictions, especially in the 4 to 6 months following surgery: that's in order to avoid doing any damage to the repairs. Furthermore, because once we've had a prolapse we are at risk for further prolapse, especially for those of us who no longer have the added support of a cervix, there are continuing lifting and straining restrictions. However, that doesn't meen no excercises, forever

I'm now over 4 years post-hyst and have resumed a normal life. Granted, I've never been much of an exerciser, but I do go to Curves, 4 to 5 times a week, walk, skate, bike and swim. Furthermore, on occasions, I have to lift my now 9 yo DD... but try not to lift her from the ground up and not to do it too often, as she about 70 lbs. So far, the repairs are holding and there's no signs of prolapse.

One thing you may want to ask your doctor is for a referral to a Pelvic Therapy specialist. This involves inserting a probe in the vagina to stimulate vaginal muscles and to monitor the efficiency of contractions. My therapists believes that all women should be referred after a hysts or repairs... but certainly after repairs, as this can turn out to be a very useful tool to avoid problems down the road.

I do wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery.... and your reunion
Unread 04-16-2005, 08:00 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Even though you don't like working the pharmacy, you might want to reconsider. It was surely nice of your boss to offer it to you. You certainly shouldn't be doing all that lifting even before surgery. So talk with your boss again and see what she says.
Unread 04-17-2005, 02:37 AM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Unread 04-17-2005, 08:44 AM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

The best to diagnose is your gyn...but to truly diagnose you can't be laying flat--the best way is for you to stand up while he does an internal exam
Unread 04-17-2005, 02:55 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Mine was from my GYN. He first saw it right away in the stir ups. He also did the internal by standing up with one leg on the foot step of the examine table. He needed to know how big it is. Oh MY! Startled me big time when urine came out all over! Just like when my water broke when I was ready to deliver a baby! The doctor assured me that it was okay that he expected it. I wasn't! I starting telling him I'm so sorry over and over again.

Unread 04-17-2005, 02:58 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

Another question I have. Should I have lose clothing after this time of surgery? I did when I had the hyster. even though it was done thru the virgna. The doctor told me he does this thru the virgna also. Should I have like sweat pants type of thing?

Unread 04-17-2005, 04:22 PM
Question Exercise after rectocele surgery?

I had my rectocele first diagnosed ny my gyn in Oct. He said it was small. He didn't have me exert any pressure. I had test ordered by a colon rectal dr. in Dec., which included a defecogram. It showed I had a large rectocele and a enterocele. When my gyn did the repairs at the end of Jan. the diagnosis by the defectogram was correct.
I felt no pain what so ever from my posterior repair. I didn't understand why though. I just found out by further testing by the colon dr. that I have something wrong with the left sided rectal nerves. I now figure this is why I felt nothing.
I suggest loose comfty clothes, just because they are easy to lounge around in. I wasn't allowed to live over a gallon of milk for a month, then gradually increase it. My dr. told me last week that I really shouldn't lift over 40 pounds anymore. If your dr. uses a dermal graft to reinforce the repair site you have a better chance of not prolapsing again. Just be sure to drink plenty of water, eat your veggies and add fiber to your diet.
I hope all goes well and you enjoy your reunion!

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