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

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Unread 09-20-2005, 09:29 AM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

Originally Posted by janelarson
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?
may i ask if you had the original repair done vaginally or abdominally? i am going to have rectocele repair done soon and have read that abdominally done has a higher rate of successs long term.
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Unread 09-20-2005, 10:07 AM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

I had my surgery and my rectocele isn't back either. Great news to my ears. My bm issue is connected to my back problem I found out. I am guessing my herniated disc is pushing on nerves, which gives my pelvic floor a hard way to go. One of the surgeons did say that my gyn might need to do some sort of repair. I can feel a little something sticking up in the back corner. I think it is where the pelvicol was stitched down. I think it may need trimmed and stitched down. I am not worried about it now, but I think it would be a minor surgery too.
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Unread 09-20-2005, 07:10 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

Mine was done vaginally. I remember I researched both ways back when I was waiting for surgery, and I seem to recall that both had good and bad points to them. Don't remember what though. Perhaps it depends on the person and the amount of work they need done.

I'm having my "nip and tuck" done this coming Monday. I don't expect it to be a big deal, luckily!
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Unread 09-20-2005, 09:39 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

I am sure it will be a very quick procedure. Do you have to go to a surgery center?
Good luck with it. I know you will be glad when all of this stuff is overwith. I will be.
Unread 09-21-2005, 12:24 PM
Rectocele repaired last year -- it's back!

He's going to do it in his office. I have some pills to take beforehand to relax me, and then he's going to use a local. He says it will be a fairly quick procedure (half an hour at the most) and I should be able to go to work the next day. When his nurse scheduled me for the surgery, she said I should be prepared to take a day or two off work just in case. I'm just glad there's no general anesthesia! And hopefully no pain pills needed either. Those tend to wire me up so I can't relax or sleep.

I'll let you know next week how it went.

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