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Unread 09-03-2005, 06:40 AM
Rectocele repair question

Hi Ladies,
When doing a rectocele repair, can they do it abdomonly? With all the vaginal defects I have I really dont want them going vaginaly! Thanks for any input.....Netty
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Unread 09-03-2005, 02:29 PM
Rectocele repair question

Yes, Nettie they can. I had vaginal vault prolapse..everything had fallen down...and my urogynecologist repaired it all laprascopically. Since I have had adhesions twice he said this was the best way to do it.

Best wishes! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Unread 09-03-2005, 03:25 PM

Sherry, with all those surgeries, are you ok now? Were
they successful, and were they done separately? I had
an enterocele repair last year, and now I'm told I have
a rectocele, and I'm sure it was there at the time of
the last surgery, because I have the same symptoms.
He said I didn't have a rectocele at the time but I am
sure I did. Do you have any thoughts on why he didn't do
this then. And also how does the area where you have
had these surgeries feel now. I still think my cuff hurts
some after a bm. I've read that there is different techniques for the rectocele. Do you know which one
you had? I've heard the latest one is site specific, with a
graft, that is not suppose to bother you when you have
intercourse as much. Does yours hurt now? I've heard the recovery for the rectocele is pretty painful. Susan
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Unread 09-04-2005, 11:00 AM
Rectocele repair question

My gyn used pelvicol (pig material) because it is soft and has the same texture as the vaginal tissues. My dr. said since I was already experiencing some discomfort with intercourse he didn't want to do the traditional surgery, which involves alot of suturing. He opened me up, then put in the pelvicol and sutured it down on the corners, then put the vaginal tissues back down and sutured it up. I have to say I don't have any pain in the posterior part of my vagina during intercourse. The repair turned out well as fart as that goes. I do have discomfort upon entry, but I think that is due to my cystocele and other things going on. I would suggest to your dr. to use pelvicol. I am seeing a uro/gyn right now who is a pelvic floor specialist. He said my gyn did a really good job on the repair. I think you would be pleased with the outcome if your dr. uses pelvicol.
Good luck.
Unread 09-04-2005, 05:20 PM
Rectocele repair question

Peggy, I just posted at another place before I read your
next two post, so you might just disregard what I said,
because you have just answered my question. That procedure sounds just like what this Dr. is doing with
the graft. Anyway I forgot to put the web site, but if you are curious it is These pelvic problems are so complicated it
is a wonder anyone can figure out what is going on. I've
actually been having pretty good bms, but I have pressure and pain in there most of the time. The problem really started after the surgeon did my second surgery, (for adhesions, which the problem was an enterocele not adhesion, which took 3 years for anyone to
figure out) but I wonder if him pulling out all that colon
and excising those adhesions just got everything all messed up. But it was after that I felt like I needed to
have a bm all the time, and pressure. I can feel that
colon pushing on everything in there vagina, bladder, and rectum. I am just afraid they can never really fix it,
because it is all flopped together in there, if there was
a shelf in there to put some of it, that might help, right? Just joshing, have to laugh to keep from crying.
Unread 09-04-2005, 05:38 PM
Rectocele repair question

Did someone say you can fix a rectocele lap (SP) instead of vaginally?
Unread 09-05-2005, 06:18 AM
Rectocele repair question

wow i wish i would have known that!! i had mine all done vaginaly!! OUCH it hurt pretty bad! if i would have known that iwould have told him to go that route.a lap (even though is painful it's ALOT better than going thru the vag)
Unread 09-07-2005, 09:04 PM
Rectocele repair question


Yes, I am fine now. After 4 years I feel like I have a new life. My Urogyn, who is the greatest by the way, used mesh. I look like a new woman "down there" and that is not an exageration! I had everything reconstructed basically. I had 3 surgeries in 4 years..2001 was my hysterectomy, 2002 adhesiolysis and salpingo-oopherectomy, 2005 laprascopic sacrocolpopexy, rectocele, enterocele, cystocele repair, sling urethropexy, anterior and posterior colporrhaphy repair, and perineoplasty and adhesiolysis. It's amazing what we can go through. I have had no problems (knock on wood) since my surgery in January. My recovery went much better than I thought it would. I was worried about that, but thank God I did really well...the only thing that I hated was I came home with a suprpubic catheter...not my idea of fun, but I got through it. I had some pain and discomfort in the beginning with intercourse, but we took things very slowly and it got better. I still have some initial pain upon penetration, but then I'm ok.

My thoughts on your rectocele...did you have a urogynecologist do your surgery? They are the best because they specialize in repairs like I had done. My doctor probably does hundreds in a month so he is really good at what he does. He examined me standing up and laying down..standing up is critical because sometimes lying down they can't really tell. My urogyn was really thourough with everything he did. What I also loved about him was when I went for my last apt he left the door open to me saying things don't always turn out the way we want them to and if I have any problems I am to go back to him immediately. With my experience with Dr's the last few years this meant everything to me. I know I have adhesions on the left side...I can feel them, but I will live with them unless, for some reason, I have a bowel adhesions always form on my intestine on the left side. Why we don't know. Now, I am trying to live my life in the most positive way I can and try not to think about any more problems.

I hope everything turns out well for you. If you are not going to a urogyn I would suggest looking for a good one who can evaluate you properly before any more surgery is done.

Best wishes to you!

Unread 09-08-2005, 03:06 AM
Rectocele repair question

You have really given me some hope that some day I will again be "normal"!!! Now to find a Doctor who will even "want" to touch me!! Your Doc isnt moveing to Florida any time soon is he??....Netty
Unread 09-08-2005, 04:27 AM
multiple surgeries

Miss Emma, thanks so much for those encouraging words. I really needed to hear that. And yes I know that
a uro/Gyn should do the surgery, and I have been exploring my options on the net. I live in Ga. and Atlanta has some good Dr.s There is one there that
I believe really knows his stuff, and I talked with a
woman that used him, and she said he was wonderful.
I have already had several surgeries, and believe me,
there will be a lot of thought going into anymore, as
a matter of fact I would just leave things as they are
If I weren't so miserable. The last surgery for the enterocele, was a very well known pelvic surgeon, and
has actually invented some special techniques himself,
and did a fine job on the enterocele, and said I didn't
have a rectocele, but I had those same symptoms then
as now, I don't know what he was thinking. I have been
told that I have extra colon, and maybe it is too much
and is pushing down on everything, and has redistributed
the pressure. Have you ever heard of a redundant colon?

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