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Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back! Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

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Unread 09-05-2005, 09:30 AM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

I had a graft-enhanced rectocele repair last November. At my three month appointment my doctor said it would last me 50 years. Well, now it feels like the graft has migrated or shrunk an inch and a half, and that familiar rectocele bulge is back again. This didn't happen over time -- one day it was fine, and then over the weekend it wasn't. I don't know what the reason was either.

I am going to call my gyn. first thing Tuesday morning, but until then do any of you have any information or experience with this? I did some surfing on the web and found plenty of sites that have statistics on failure rates, but they don't say what happened to the women who had the failures. Does the old graft material (pigskin) have to be removed? Is the second surgery as extensive as the first?
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Unread 09-05-2005, 03:02 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!


I have had a rectocele repair myself, but unfortunately, I don't have any information for you. What you describe is the nightmare we hope will not happen after having a repair. There is a website called is totally a site regarding repairs..check it out and see what they might say. And I'm sure someone will come along here who may be able to help you. Definitely go back to the doctor who did your surgery to have it checked out as soon as you can get in!

Thinking about you!

Unread 09-05-2005, 03:15 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

Oh (((Jane))) I'm so sorry you're dealing with this I had a Stage 3 rectocele repaired at the same time as my hyst and can only imagine what you're going through.

Hopefully the gyn who performed the surgery will have some good news for you
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Unread 09-05-2005, 06:56 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

hi Jane
I had my rectocele and enterocele repaired with pelvicol (pig material)in Jan. (2005) My gyn said it should last a lifetime too. Well, I continue with bm issues and have to splint most of the time to empty. I can feel the lump of bm on the posterior floor when I try to go. I can also feel like a bubble or bulge on the bottom and one toward the back of my vagina when I am pushing. Something d*****ately isn't right. My dr. told me at my post op that if I messed up the repair he would have to send me to a specialist to rebuild my pelvic floor. He also said I could end up needing a bowel resection or a colostomy. I didn't do anything to mess up my repair. I am under the care of a internationaaly renowned uro/gyn who is doing my tvt and cystocele repair. He is also doing a lapro to look for causes of abdominal pain. He is also going to check out my repairs, because of my ongoing bm issues. He said next Mon. when I have surgery he will redo my repairs if they have failed. He thinks I have nerve damage in my pelvic floor causing my pelvic floor to dysfunction. If the nerves aren't working right, then the muscles don't react, then prolapses can occur. what a viscous cycle.
I hope you get answers when you see your dr.
Unread 09-06-2005, 07:50 AM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

Thanks for your support. It appears that the tissue is torn where the graft attached at the bottom. I'd had some nerve damage in that area even before my initial surgery which probably explains why I didn't feel this happen. I will let you know what my doctor says when I call.
Unread 09-08-2005, 10:22 AM
Good news!

I saw my gyn. yesterday, and he assured me that the bulge I was feeling was vaginal tissue, not a rectocele. (I made him check twice. . .) There is some torn tissue in there, and he scheduled me for some minor surgery to remove part and stitch part. But, the end result will be two days or less off work, and the discomfort should be minimal. I can continue with all my regular activities too!

What a relief!
Unread 09-08-2005, 01:52 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

((((Jane))))) Thanks for the update I'm so happy that the rectocele is not back and that you're only looking to a minor surgery, with minimal recovery time
Unread 09-08-2005, 06:35 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

That is really good news!!! I hope my repair is still in good shape when the surgeon checks it out. What us girls have to go through!
Unread 09-09-2005, 03:38 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

bulge in vagina??
Unread 09-09-2005, 04:55 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

michsad_cat: a bulge at the entrance of the vagina was the first symptom I noticed when I had the rectocele.

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