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Unread 04-29-2006, 12:43 PM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

Hi there,
I am scheduled to go in May 2 for a lap and possibly/probably entrocele/rectocele repair. Very nervous. Here's my question....prior to your surgery, did you have trouble...eh...finishing a bowel movement? I have a sensation of fullness most of the time in the derriere and do have a lump vaginally, but the vaginal disruption is really only when I actually go and the stool is moving through so to speak and most of that is in the perieum (feels actually like the vaginal canal is turning inside out sort of, as there is a bulge mid-point, a dip at the entrance and then the perieum enlarges (weird, I know) But for the last week, it is getting more and more difficult to push at the end and actually feel empty) Does this mean it has fallen further or is getting worse? I have put off this repair for soooo long, I am so scared of surgery because my hyst took a long time to recover from (I even swelled up from just walking a year after surgery!) Now I fear the surgery will be some insane thing that will require removal of the bowel (my doctor has said no such thing) but really I haven't had these problems of not being able to "complete the transaction" so to speak. Or is this what having a rectocele is? Splinting makes no difference in the process, and doctors have said in the past it is a very small rectocele....this doctor said I have an entrocele and a rectocele--she was the first one to examine me standing up--so anyway, I guess what I'm asking is....is the problem with not being able to complete a common thing? I just want to make sure I'm being operated on for the right thing! Sorry for the graphic nature of this post.....sometimes I feel like I am going crazy with worry over this.......
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Unread 04-29-2006, 03:41 PM
prolapse surgery

I had the same symptoms you are describing--I had a rectocele repair first thinking this was the end of the problem, but after surgery I continued to have the same symptoms (having to push on the peritenium to empty with bm's) It just kept getting worse. Finally I went to a colon rectal doc and had a defecagram and was diagnosed with a rectal prolapse and internal intusseption with enterocele. Five months after the first surgery i had to go back and have a bowel resection (2ft of colon removed) I never understood how this could have been "missed" the first time, but it was. If you are not completely confident, ask your doc more questions! Did you have a defecagram to dx the rectocele or enterocele? Thats the best way to diagnose these types of prolapse.

Good luck and feel free to email me if you have any more questions.

Becky
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Unread 04-29-2006, 03:50 PM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

Becky seems to be talking sense, klb. I think mine was just a rectocele problem, so my symptoms were not quite the same.
Do take care and try not to worry. Talk to your dr as sso as you can asking all these questions. Do not be embarrassed.
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Unread 04-29-2006, 04:38 PM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

I had my rectocele repair done April 10th, and am going for another post-op visit on Tuesday. I believe my symptoms are very similar to those you describe. There wasn't so much bulging from the vagina as it was a bulge in the perinium area with BM's. I let this go on for 4 months or longer out of embarrasment and think I may have only caused more damage by waiting. The surgery was done vaginally and I was told the recovery would be much like natural child birth with episiotomy stitches. I was surprised that there was as much pain and discomfort, but I found out that the area of the external stitches were extremely irritated, so I don't think my pain level was actually the "norm" for the surgery. I'm nervous now because during this past week, I've felt I've had to splint again, and that hurts due to the stitches, but the bulge i felt before seems to still be there. Now I'm terrified to tell my doctor for fear of more surgery. My 6 yr old daughter is having cataract surgery on 6/6/06, and she needs mommy to be as healthy as possible, which won't happen if I have another surgery anytime soon. Don't know what to do about it now. I guess to try to answer some questions as best as I can without medical knowledge is that what you're describing as the need to splint now, is the same symptom I went in for and needed the rectocele repair for. Also, there was nothing done with the bowels - the DR went in and basically used some of the stretched vaginal wall to sew to itself to strenghten the wall again. Good luck with your surgery and I hope everything works out for you.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 02:55 AM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

Pink Dolphin, I have sent you a PM. I am 10 weeks post op and know the sensations you describe. I experienced them too in the early weeks post op and they have eased off now.
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Unread 04-30-2006, 03:16 AM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

To klbsister.....

All the very best for your surgery on Tuesday. From all that you have said, it does sound as if you are being operated on for the right thing. Will be thinking of you and look forward to seeing you back on the boards asap, to share experiences and concerns.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 07:16 AM
Rectocele patients...I need to talk! Please!

klbsister,
I wish you luck tomorrow. I sounds like a rectocele to me too, I have had mine for a long time also so let me know how it goes. From what I have read, a rectocele has nothing to do with your bowels, it's a defect in the vaginal wall, so that has to be repaired. Good Luck and Hugs to you.
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