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Rectocele Repair? Rectocele Repair?

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Unread 06-06-2005, 08:37 PM
Rectocele Repair?

I forget pretty frequently to take one or all of the fiber/softeners/water. When I do, the constipation comes right back. My doctor says that it's important to stay on top of it so that I don't have to fall back on harsher measures which are definitely not good.

You don't HAVE to have the rectocele repaired, but life is so much better for me with it fixed.
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Unread 06-06-2005, 09:23 PM
Rectocele Repair?

Peggy, you say you still have to "splint" sometimes? Even with the repair? Is that a habit, preventative measure, or are you still having problems?

I'm glad we can get to the nitty-gritty on this site

Here goes.... I have to splint 9 out of 10 times when I have a bowel movement. It's got to where I sometimes have to lubricate with k-y to have an easier bm. (it's not constipated bm's) It's just easier to "go" with some help. Oh and gas stores up in the rectum. Like a balloon being blown up.

:hair: arghhhhhhhh

It is noticeably getting worse. I am trying to put surgery off. I guess that's not a good idea...huh?
Unread 06-07-2005, 08:03 AM
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Like Peggy says, you'll know when you've had enough. I'm a fairly active person, and when I was on my feet all day I would have that very noticeable and uncomfortable bulge hanging out. I had to splint nearly every time and sometimes I had to resort to an enema. Gas was a big problem.

If you have surgery, what you can expect afterwards will depend a lot on why you had the rectocele in the first place. If it was due solely to a hard birth or some such thing, you may not have any continuing bowel issues. My rectocele was due in part to having a huge baby, but also because I am usually constipated. The surgeon was able to repair the rectocele OK but not the underlying problem. Those years of straining to go helped weaken my pelvic floor, and my doctor warned me that while the rectocele is gone, I'm still at risk for other prolapses. Now I do my kegels religiously, and try hard to keep from getting constipated again.
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Unread 06-07-2005, 09:02 AM
Rectocele Repair?

Hi..I have just come over from bladder matters after having had a small rectocele diagnosed this morning...and slight laxity of posterior wall of vagina!

I am to see how it goes over next few months and to go back to gynae if the problem continues or worsens. In the meantime I am trying to avoid this by keeping soft and regular, doing the kegels a lot on the back wall particularly and to rest it too.

I have the low back ache, the gas and sit on an egg. I can still 'go' and don't 'splint' yet, whatever that is!!!!

Oh dear, wish I was a man!!!
Unread 06-10-2005, 05:55 AM
Rectocele Repair?

What I also fear about getting this surgery is after the recovery will I still be as flexible as I am now? I am dancer - not professionally, but just for fun. I do a little ballet (I stink at that, but it helps my pelvic floor <grin>), jazz, and ballet. I'm wondering if after the surgery will I still be able to do all the strentching that I do in dance class as well as what I do in yoga at the gym.

I also workout at a gym doing strength training. I lift very light weights. Nothing more than 12 lbs with my arms. But I a can push a lot of weight with my strong dancer legs. I do a lunges with 8 to 10 lb weight in my hands. And I do a lot of upper and lower inter abdominal exercises. I'm in pretty good shape - for my age (47) that is.

I know that I can't stand my condition anymore and I want to be fixed. I know I'm ready, but I'm afraid that it will limit me in my ability to do the things that I love to do - dance and workout. I didn't have this fear when I had my hysterectomy, because I thought that having the hysterectomy was going to make me feel better and more energetic so I could dance and workout better. And it did. But, I'm so afraid of this surgery ruining my ability to reamain as active as I am now. And ruining my ability to have good sex with my husband. However, I can't stand to have my bowels functioning liking this any longer. And it keeps getting worse with each passing month. And I fear that if "these shaddows remain Ebinezer" my bottom will eventually fall completely out!

I need a
Unread 06-10-2005, 08:29 AM
Rectocele Repair?

Hi seems like there are a lot of us in this awful position to frightened to have the repair done and terrified that there innards are finally going to come right out wont it be a wonderful day when we have all plucked up the courage to have it done and we can go out and not worry if we have been...
Unread 06-10-2005, 12:36 PM
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I can't see that a rectocele would affect your flexibility or ability to dance in any way. I think most doctors and prolapse sufferers would agree that you need to be extremely cautious with weightlifting. You may want to do your research because I know that rectocele repairs have been implicated in painful sex post-op. (Some adjustment time is normal -- I'm talking about a prolonged situation.)

I know I am glad I had mine done. It improved my quality of life tremendously.
Unread 06-10-2005, 06:55 PM
Rectocele Repair?

I'm going to recommend the "Nike" approach here ... "JUST DO IT!"

From my experience, and I'm 2 weeks and 3 days post-op after having a rectocele prolapse repair (and TVH), I feel like I'll be dancing with joy soon! ANY surgery means post-op recovery and the associated pains and miseries, but keep your eye on the bigger picture ... NO sitting on eggs like a perpetual mother hen, NO lower back discomfort, NO having to rock from side to side when you stand for more than a few minutes, NO dragging sensation, NO weird and wonderful methods of bowel evacuation.

I'll say it again ... JUST DO IT!
Unread 06-11-2005, 07:20 AM
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Good luck with your TVH recovery! It will take the wind out of your sails for a while but if you're like me - it will be worth it. Just wish they would have known about my rectocele when I had my hysterectomy.
Unread 06-11-2005, 08:23 AM
Rectocele Repair?

Prolapse repairs, just like any other surgery, may not always result in a pain free future. As mentionned above, some have been known to have sexual disfonction after the surgery. Some have been known to have continuing constipation problems. And, unfortunately, in some cases the surgery doesn't prevent further prolapses, at a later date. This surgery, like any other surgery, involves risks.

One thing that was helpful for me when I first made the decision to, finally, go ahead and have the hyst with repairs, was to research my options and to fully research the pros and cons to having the surgery: this way, when I ended up with complications, I knew that they were a possibility all along. Another thing that helped tremendously was to fully evaluate the situation with my doctor: by the time I had the hyst w repairs, my quality of life, relationship with my family and health had deteriorated to such a point that I knew that, even with complications, the surgery was the only option for me.

Only you and your doctor know just how much this rectocele is affecting your quality of life and your health. Doing your research, looking at options and knowing the pros and cons will help you make the best decision for you.

In my case, the repairs were successful and there hasn't been any long-term complications. Somehow, even my chronic constipation problems have improved since the surgery!!! The only lasting problem is continued and worsening incontinence... but it's better than constantly bleeding and the feeling of falling appart that was there pre-surgery!!!

I do wish you the best of luck in trying to find the best option for you

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