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Unread 12-12-2007, 03:04 PM
broken bladder sling?

I had my TVH with anterior repair and bladder sling 16 days ago. Everything was just great. Very little pain, just some cramping that pain meds took care of. The first week I slept most of the time and have been pretty low on energy. During the second week, I began to feel more "normal" and found myself bending some, and doing things that I shouldn't have done. On day 12 I even went out to do a little shopping. Big mistake. I knew about one hour after walking that I should go on back home, but was too stubborn to listen to my body. The next day I felt like I had been run over by a truck! Just awful. I began having some bleeding and more cramping and pain that felt like it was coming from my ovaries. I just thought this was the price I had to pay for overdoing it, so I have been taking it pretty easy since then. Well, today I have felt so much better, have wrapped a few presents and picked up one that I immediately thought was too heavy, so got my DS to help me with it. Then this afternoon I had this sudden extreme vaginal pain. I was in tears. I took two pain pills and waited about 20 minutes and no relief at all. The pain was almost unbearable, so I took another, and within 15-20 minutes the pain began to let up. It just hurts now when I urinate. I called my Dr's. office and they told me to come in tomorrow or to the ER if the pain came back.
I also looked in the mirror and can see a small bulge; not as big as it was before the surgery, but right after surgery there was no bulge at all. I am afraid that I might have pulled the sling out of place or broken it and my bladder has fallen. Is this possible? and if so has it happened to any of you? and if it has, does it cause the extreme pain that I have had. And if this is what has happened, what can be done about it?
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Unread 12-12-2007, 06:47 PM
broken bladder sling?

I would definatly call the dr and make sure all is okay , specialy with a bulge you can pull something and get a herina or something . i do hope you feel beter soon
Unread 12-13-2007, 09:49 AM
broken bladder sling?

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. I hope you get some good answers soon from your doctor.

Also, even though I think you already know this (as you've been a member here for several months), I think your body is trying to tell you that you're trying to do far too much, too soon.

One wise (((sister))) here once put it this way: Think of your recovery like a freshly poured concrete slab, like for a driveway or a sidewalk. The cement gets poured, and in just a few hours, it looks beautiful, and even feels dry to the touch. But it's far from "cured" yet. You need to wait a much longer time before it's ready to be walked on. If you walk on the fresh concrete too soon, it is ruined. And it's not something you can "patch" and make better -- it all needs to be torn up and the cement contractor has to start all over again.

Your body is alot like that freshly poured concrete. You may "feel better" (and as you know, TVH sisters often 'feel' pretty good just days after surgery) but you are far from "cured" on the inside. Your body needs several weeks of rest for the hundreds of internal stitches (not to mention the additional repairs and bladder sling) to heal properly. You are doing yourself no favors by trying to push your limits.

So please, please take it easy. Plenty of is the order of the day. Some walking is good for you -- but ask your doctor how much is right. My doctor told me that up until 6 weeks post-op, 10-15 minutes per hour of walking was a good amount... and no lifting, bending, stretching or reaching.

As for your specific questions about what damage you may have done, I'm sorry I can't answer them. But please do let us know what the says. I am hopeful that you didn't undo the work they did during surgery but only the doctors can tell you for sure.

to you. Remember, you're royalty now and all tasks (including shopping, except the online variety ) should be done by your loyal subjects.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 01:33 PM
broken bladder sling?

My bladder has fallen but 20 years after a hysterectomy. I have no pain from it. I wonder if you have pulled stitches and got a small hernia? When they say 6 weeks recovery they really do mean it. I moved house 3 weeks after mine- BIG mistake.

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