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Unread 03-06-2008, 05:08 PM
TVH/anterior repair, 11 days post-op

Hi there, today has been the worse day yet, felt pretty good up to this point. Now I feel like I am dilated down there, can barely sit, having to sit up on one cheek. No sharp pains, just a dull ache in the lower abdomen and having a very light pink discharge in the mornings when I urinate from the anterior repair. Is this all normal and part of the healing process? Any feedback from other TVH with anterior repair would be appreciated.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 07:31 PM
TVH/anterior repair, 11 days post-op

Hi ,

I had a TVH with rectocele repair, and all I can say is ouch!. I could not sit comfortable for about 6 weeks, and used a soft pillow. I found sitting at the computer too long also caused abdominal pressure and discomfort. You will feel pressure and discomfort when standing too much so be sure to get off your feet and rest.

You will feel better off of your feet and lounging as you heal. Riding in the car was not comfortable, and I could only do that for short periods as it caused pain riding and being on my feet once I got somewhere. I think at 3 weeks I only stayed out for only 30 min. and then gradually worked up till I felt better for longer periods of time.

I had discharge of some kind for about 5 weeks and this can be normal.

Our bodies go through a lot with this surgery, physically and emotionally. You might find these Post Op Articles helpful as you move through your recovery in the next few weeks:

Hang in there

Unread 03-06-2008, 07:43 PM
TVH/anterior repair, 11 days post-op

I had the same surgery and know exactly what you are talking about. My swelling down there didn't really let up for the first month. At 4 weeks, (last week) I went on a plane trip and it wasn't as bad as I had feared. Now, at 5 1/2 weeks, it has pretty much stopped. Being on your feet too much will make it a lot worse and I found the fastest way to get the swelling down was to lie flat on my side with a long, flat pillow between my knees. You don't want to sit even partly propped up in bed or in a recliner, you need your pelvis level with your heart so there is no increased blood pressure from your head or upper chest being propped up, or even your feet raised.

Every day will be an improvement and there will be big leaps from one week to the next. It will go faster than you think, but fastest if you give yourself a chance to heal by taking it easy.

It will take time for you to get past this swelling of the pelvic floor and it will be a good indicator when you have done too much. I've been good about not lifting or standing, so this week has been good, but I'm pretty sure if I was to stand in a line for a long time, or lifted something too heavy, it would come back.

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