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Unread 05-31-2005, 12:03 PM
any body had a rectocele?

Hi this is the first time I've used this site .I had a hysterstectomy
and both ovaries removed 8 years ago all was well with my world for two years then I started having problems with my bladder had it hitched and fixed ,magic no more accidents once again all was well with my world then two months ago a huge lump appeared in my vagina my gp says this is a rectocele and I must have another operation to fix it. I am terrified Ijust don't know what to do it is so uncomfortable and sore and "it " has a mind of its own and just wanders arround at will I don't know what to do my friends don't seem to understand I feel so dirty and unfeminine my clothes don't fit i have constant wind and my life is ruled by my bowel habbits i am also starting to get problems with feacal incontinence which is sooo embarrising and of course i have no control 'can it get any worse? when does it start to get better? can any body tell me what a anterior posterior repair is like?and do they work?
Oh my god have just read this through I sound like such a misery guts but I'm not ......honest just very scared can any one find the time to help me........ please:
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Unread 05-31-2005, 12:44 PM
any body had a rectocele?

I'm so sorry about your problems...I developed a rectocele about three weeks after my surgery and it is constantly "there." I know it is not fun. I have to eat a lot of fiber, take stool softeners and really not strain. I eat prunes daily and I also take flax seed. Rectoceles range in severity and whether you get them fixed or not depends on how much misery they cause you. It sounds like you are at that point with incontinence, etc. I have not decided whether to fix mine yet because right now I am able to manage things and I don't have those problems, at least not yet. But it is a large one and it is not going away, I'm afraid.
There are other sisters who have had repairs and I hope they will respond and tell you what it is like. I hope you will get the answers you need. Many of us have lamented the fact that we have to spend so much time thinking of bowel movements and all that. You will be in my prayers.
Unread 05-31-2005, 07:51 PM
any body had a rectocele?

Oh ((((sweetie))))) I'm so sorry you're dealing with this

I had a Stage III Rectocele repaired at the same time as my hyst. That was 4 1/2 years ago and the repairs are holding. In my case, it was "only" a posterior repair. One thing I know is that, once we've had a prolapse, and especially after a hyst, we're at greater risk for additional prolapses. That's why it's so important to abide by the lifting and straining restrictions in order to help prevent weakening of the pelvic floor.

Since my repairs were done at the same time as my hyst, it's hard to tell what was part of the hyst and what was part of the repairs, but I do know that I had an episiotomy-like incision. While this was uncomfortable, it was easily managed with Tylenol 3 and with warm water sprayed over the incision area.

I do hope this helps and that you will find relief very soon.
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Unread 05-31-2005, 08:42 PM
any body had a rectocele?


I had a stage 2 rectocel, bulge but no problems with incontinence. My problem was getting the bm to come out at all.
I got it repaired at the same time with my hysterectomy.
It was done vaginally and was very painful, but I have no more problems with bms as long as I watch what I eat.
I do abide by Dany's "no lifting" rules that her doctor set for her, even though my own doctor said "lift whatever you want", because I noticed the strain and pain it causes me to lift anything over 20 lbs. I don't want a repeat surgery.

Read and learn as much as you can about your condition, this website is searchable and has many links to resources. I found this one helpful in my own education: It is graphic, so be warned.
Also, I strongly suggest that before any cutting is done that you have yourself evaluated by a uro-gyn and a colo-rectal surgeon to make sure you are getting the correct surgery for your specific problem. It sounds to me like you have had a series of pelvic prolapses, or "drops" as I call them, after your hyst. It couldn't hurt to be evaluated by a pelvic floor specialist.

These are just my lay person opinions but I really feel for the distress I read in you post. It is such a hassle and a heartache to have to deal with continuing problems. I wanted you to know that you are not alone and you can deal with it, with a plan of attack.

Unread 05-31-2005, 10:47 PM
any body had a rectocele?

I would like to echo the advice of the two previous post-ers. I recommend you consult with at least a colon-rectal surgeon about this before having anything done. I don't believe that the fecal incontinence is usually associated with a rectocele, so it could be that you have some sort of sphincter problem as well. For most of us, getting the stool out is the bigger problem (it tends to get trapped in the bulge).

I developed a rectocele almost immediately after having my hysterectomy and bladder suspension (burch). I lived with it for about a year and then had it repaired by a colon-rectal surgeon who did it rectally. I can honestly say that there was minimal pain. I had it done late on a Thursday afternoon, went home a few hours later, and was back at work on Tuesday. I know that some people find this particular repair very painful, however.

Best wishes to you as you decide how to proceed with this new setback.
Unread 06-01-2005, 07:30 AM
any body had a rectocele?

bonnie what type of hyst. did you have?

I had a SAH in Aug. 04 and a few months later starting feeling then seeing the bulge from the bottom side of my vagina. I now frequently have to splint and the bulge gets quite large if I don't have a bm every day.

My GYN told me to just wait and see as I have had several complications since my hyst and he said I've been thru enough.

I was told one of the benefits of keeping my cervix was to add pelvic floor support. So why did I get this now? Also my gyn tried to tell me it was from vaginal delivery. My youngest is almost 10 and I never had this bulge before the hyst.

I'm glad your recovery was quick.
Unread 06-01-2005, 07:58 AM
any body had a rectocele?


I just posted this in another similar thread, hope it helps you:
Unread 06-01-2005, 08:49 AM
any body had a rectocele?


I was scheduled for a vaginal hyst with anterior (for cystocele) and posterior (to tighten vagina -- no rectocele at the time) repairs but it turned into a complicated abdominal hyst w/BSO (I had planned to keep my ovaries) due to SEVERE endometriosis which was totally asymptomatic in my case. My colon was adhered to the back of my uterus, and they punctured my colon trying to do the vaginal hysterectomy.

I woke up to find I had had an abdominal hyst w/BSO and temporary colostomy and three units of blood transfused. I would also have to have another major abdominal surgery in 6-8 weeks to close the colostomy.

They went ahead and completed the vaginal tightening via posterior repair but decided against doing the anterior repair due to the possibility of contamination. I think they were hopeful that I would be able to do without it, but I ended up having a burch bladder suspension at the time of my colostomy closure 7 weeks later, and for that I am so thankful. I know that I would have had more stress incontinence problems after the uterus was removed.

It was only a very short time before I knew that something was not right. It kept feeling like it was on the front wall of the vagina -- I even went back for an unscheduled exam with the urologist -- but he maintained that my bladder was supported. Finally, I said, "well, what is it then?" and he said, "well, you have a little laxity in your rectum, but nothing that needs to be fixed." So I lived with it for a year until I was so miserable I knew I had to have something else done.

Let me know if there is other information you would like to have.
Unread 06-01-2005, 09:23 AM
thank you for your kindness (rectocele)

Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply,you have made my day at least I know I'm not the only poor soul going through this .
"Live it up" your symptons are exactly the same as mine I too feel like mrs waddle duck, tried going out today for lunch with my friend as "i'd been " mouthfull of tea later and the wind started so embarrising and worrying had on new white trousers one size to big and the loo's were down a flight of stairs
just made, it close call though as i had to tie the string in a my trousers in a double knot to keep them up!
I must be past the stage where i get really constipated as long as I am careful what i eat ie high fibre everything fresh fruit &veg i also snack on dried fruit prunes dates figs pumpkin seeds and drink bottles of water every day and not much tea or coffee i haven't needed stool softenors yet but i do take a fibre supplement drink every day and it works some days are more difficult than others and i would not dare go out if i hadn't been to the loo because when i feel the urge to go it means now bathroom or not its terrible most days i manage yeterday was bad today i'm really uncomfortable the bulge is huge and as usual has a mind of its own been to gp he says now have risk of infection and ulceration oh the joys of being a woman!
thanks again ..linda marion
Unread 06-01-2005, 01:34 PM
any body had a rectocele?

hi and
i total understand how you feel i too have a cyctocele and rectocele and it drives me NUTS!!!!i feel as if a tapon is hanging and going to fall out. and somedays it's worse than other's.... especially if i do too much like lifting and standing alot! i too have to have another surgery to fix this and i know how scarry the feeling is.. when do you have to go have it done? were in the same boat.. hang in there and let me know when your having it done?

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