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Unread 12-02-2005, 07:53 PM
graft erosion from rectocele repair

I was wondering if anyone has had or heard of anyone having graft erosion. I had a rectocele repair with graft in May, along with a lot of other work. I finally got some answers from my gynecologist and a specialist, a uro-neuro-gyn, this week. I have had pain and been leaking fluid for months and nobody seemed to be able to figure it out. I have multiple sites of erosion, holes in my vaginal flesh where you can see the graft. Apparently fluid is leaking out of these holes. It sounds like an immune reaction against the graft/mesh material. The gynecologist said she's never seen anything like it, but the procedure using the graft is relatively new. She is going to do some internet searching to see if she can get more info. I have an additional site at my Burch procedure sutures where inflammation has been causing vaginal pain and bladder pain. The uro-gyn said I'm reacting to the suture material. It sounds like the same sort of reaction the gyn was talking about with the rectocele. This site might be easier to deal with because he can just pull the suture out, as long as he can do it without causing the Burch to collapse. I guess it's still a general anesthetic surgery. I'm actually relieved that I now know what I'm dealing with, but the doctors discovery isn't the best news. I can't imagine how the graft can be removed, as I understand your own tissue starts growing into it. I'm hoping someone here may know something about this.
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Unread 12-05-2005, 10:12 AM
graft erosion from rectocele repair

loolucy,
I was told that this is a rare complication that could come up. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this... I am on one of the, "less traveled roads" also, although the problem isn't erosion as far as I know right now. So I just wanted to tell you that I care and hope that they will be able to get things straightened out for you, and QUICK! Let us know how things go, (((hugs))) to you.
Cathy
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Unread 12-07-2005, 11:21 PM
graft erosion from rectocele repair

Cathy,
I just wanted to say thank you for your reply. I'm feeling so discouraged! I noticed you had a rectocele repair with graft. Have you had any problems with it? Was the source of your pain adhesions? How are you feeling now? I really do appreciate your words of support.
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Unread 12-08-2005, 10:06 AM
graft erosion from rectocele repair

Hi loolucy,
Yes, I did have a graft with my repair. It was the second rectocele repair I had. The first was is 2001 (I think...), my tissue wasn't strong enough, so it failed. With the graft repair, early on, I blew a stitch or two and had a LOT of bleeding. The doctor said we'd let it heal on it's own, no new stitches. It took SO long, but has. I don't seem to have any problems with it except maybe things are a bit tighter in there and sometimes I notice it during bowel movements and sex. I expect it will relax with time.
My major post operative pain was from adhesions. They found them after 6 months with a laparoscopic look around. This, because I kept telling them, "You have to do SOMETHING, can't live in this constant pain!"
I think they are back, but I'm not in as much pain, and sometimes NO pain. The gastroenterologist I'm seeing recommends no more surgery and just deal with the pain. This is pretty discouraging to me, but I'm praying for healing.
What kind of mesh was used in your graft? My doctor used a porcine graft, (yuck... it is from a pig) I didn't like the idea, but he said he had better outcome with it than with the manmade materials.
Will you please let me know what the doctors tell you about getting you well again? I will keep you in prayer... Lord hold you in His very capable hands.
Cathy
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