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Unread 02-05-2007, 01:19 PM
need advice post op care for M-I-L

My 71 year old Mother-in-law will be having surgery to correct a cystocele, rectocele, and vaginal vault prolapse. My F-i-l is on hospice, though stable and feeling good right now. You ladies who have had this type of surgery, what kind of help will my M-i-l need when she comes home from the hospital and for how long? Any specifics you can give will be helpful, so we can plan enough help. Thanks in advance!
Texasfriend
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Unread 02-05-2007, 04:02 PM
need advice post op care for M-I-L

Hi Texasfriend!

I had all of the repairs your MIL will be having, plus an enterocele repair. I was 57 years old when I had them done so I was no spring chicken but I can tell you it wasn't as long and hard as my TAH/BSO. My repairs were done vaginally - how are they doing your MIL?
The first week post-op they only position I could find that didn't hurt was to be laying down. Sitting or standing hurt too much. Getting up from a chair REALLY hurt. So, I would say two weeks at the least, she needs help with just about everything. Cooking, straightening up the house, laundry etc...I did absolutely NONE of that for a good 2 weeks. Then I slowly did a few things, but remember NO LIFTING! All in all, I would plan on her having help for a month. The last thing she needs is to undo all her doctors good handiwork!
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