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Unread 03-22-2006, 05:58 AM
Rectocele Repair - Looking for Info

I'm 32 and had my hysterectomy at 30. I'm now faced with having to go through with a rectocele surgery and got so nervous hearing surgery again that my mind went blank and I didn't ask a single question like - how long is the recovery time?; is the pain close in comparison to they hysterectomy?; what kind of pain or discomfort will I feel when I go home?; will I need to be treated with pain medication at home following surgery?: etc... If anybody has gone through this and has some general answers to any of these questions, they would be very much appreciated. Thank you
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Unread 03-22-2006, 08:10 AM
Rectocele Repair - Looking for Info

You should probably talk to your surgeon again and find out how they plan to make the repair. Is there going to be a graft? What sort of material (mesh, pig-skin, etc.) would they use? What is your surgeon's experience with this sort of repair and pain/recovery time?

I had a rectocele repair with a pigskin graft at the same time as my TVH. The only bad time for me was the first week -- probably in part because "bed rest" to me meant jumping up every few minutes to "see about just one more thing". However if I took my pain medication as prescribed, used ice packs and stayed off my feet I didn't have too much trouble. I wasn't able to sit for four weeks no matter what sort of pillow I used.

Many of the ladies on the board had a different experience where they really didn't have that much pain associated with the rectocele repair, and had no trouble sitting. Maybe that is due to the type or placement of the repair.

It's been nearly a year and a half since my surgery, and I'm happy I had it done.
Unread 03-22-2006, 08:22 AM
Rectocele Repair - Looking for Info

I had a rectocele repair 20 Feb, so am now just over 4 weeks post op.

Yes, it has been sore! I also found sitting very difficult - I have been 'reclining' rather than 'sitting, for most of the time up to now.
It is now easing up a lot, however.

Although very sore at times, particularly with the stitches and the incision, it has been a very localised discomfort,which I found easier to handle than the hysterectomy. Painkillers etc, lifting restrictions and instructions to rest were more or less the same for me as for the hysterectomy.

Hope this all means ask more.
Take care
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Unread 03-22-2006, 12:50 PM
Rectocele Repair - Looking for Info

I am also scheduled for a rectocele repair using mesh going in vaginally...and the word "vaginal" strikes a chord with me, since I believe the last time they went that way, I haven't been the same my question I suppose is related to the sitting discomfort...the reason I am having the rectocele repair is because I can't sit perhaps when and if I have trouble with that, I may not be so worried since it may be a given.....did any of you have a laporoscopy with it? in my case, I am not sure the dr knows what else if anything she will find....thanks

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