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Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it?  how long your recovery? Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

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Unread 11-22-2008, 09:10 AM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

Could you tell me more about your recovery after your anterior/posterior repair. i just had this done with a TVT. my dr also fixed an external episiotomy tear that has cause me a lot of discomfort. i also have my catheter still in place because i could not void x 2 attempts in the hospital prior to discharge home. how long did you have a catheter? did you find voiding difficult, or did you find that you had to void "differently" post TVT? when did your pain subside? i am still in a lot of vaginal discomfort. they did a TVH so that they could tighten my ligaments for the cycstocele and rectocele repairs. help???!!!! i could really benefit from hearing your story. thanks melanie surgery date nov 17th 2008
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Unread 11-22-2008, 03:12 PM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?


I did have the perineoplasty repair later than my original surgery. For that, the most helpful thing seemed to be the Epifoam. I had to go to at least 2 or 3 pharmacies before I found one that had it in stock. It has some sort of numbing agent in it that I found quite soothing. I think it is often given to women who've just had episiotomies.

I never had to 'wear' a catheter home from the hospital. I wasn't able to urinate after my original surgery in 6/05 so I was shown how to self-cath and was sent home. I was told that when my residuals were under 150cc's, I could stop. That lasted 1-1/2 days--thank goodness! I did NOT enjoy that experience but I'm glad it was of short duration.

No, I didn't notice that I had to void differently. What I did notice was that it seemed like I had traded stress incontinence for urge incontinence for nearly 6 months. I was NOT prepared for that. My Dr. at the time told me that the bladder is an organ that does not like to be messed with and that it should settle down by 6 months. Mine did right at the 6 month mark.

My TVT was a transobturator--or TOT--type and it's still there and working as far as I can tell. My anterior/bladder lift mesh eroded almost immediately and was a source of endless trouble for far too long. I had 3 surgeries to remove the dratted stuff with the 3rd one in 2/07. (The last one removed nearly all of it so it hasn't been a problem since.)

The initial pain subsided greatly after 6 weeks and then again after about 12 weeks.

Hope this helps a bit. You can see more 'stories' by going to the Pre-Op Hysterectomy forum here on the site and then doing a search for particular words using the Google Search at the top right side of the page here (in the blue rectangle).

Unread 11-22-2008, 05:46 PM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

thanks so much for your thorough reply. is the epifoam by prescription or over the counter? i see the dr on monday to pull this blasted catheter out!!!
my last pregnancy was excruitatingly difficult and i used a site like this one that really helped. i hope this has the same effect as well. it made everything a little less trying.
thanks again
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Unread 11-23-2008, 08:36 PM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

Sorry to hear you have had problems with voiding and had to keep your catheter post-op. I guess I was lucky, because I had them remove my catheter after a day and a 1/2 and started voiding w/in the hour. It hurt like a dickens, but I would rather have discomfort than the 'blasted' catheter re-inserted! ROFL! Good luck and I wish you the best! Let us know how everthing turned out for you.
Unread 11-25-2008, 05:54 PM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

the catheter is out and i am soooo happy. voiding feels quite different, but i can do it on my own
Unread 11-25-2008, 10:33 PM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

My cath was in for 5 days after leaving the hospital.

It took an hour or so for me to be able to void enough to be allowed to leave the docs office... and for 2 days or so I had to use various methods to void completely. Everything from running water sounds, to hands in warm wet towels... to standing in the tub with a few inches of very warm water, hands on knees, and peeing straight down into the water. THAT worked SOOOooo well... but now I am able to pee completely normally and I am SO happy to be in control of my bladder again!!!

You may have some bladder spasms for a few days, and bladder infections are quite common, so don't hesitate to call your doc if things feel weird...

Good luck with the rest of your recovery! I'm at 18 days and feel so much better already... (even after having a tooth pulled today!)
Unread 11-26-2008, 01:51 AM
Post TVH, A&P catheter--how long did you have it? how long your recovery?

Hi I had a foley at home for a week after my TVH/A&P repairs. What happened was that they removed it the morning after surgery at the hospital and I spent all day trying to urinate on my own, and couldn't. It got to the point where it hurt so bad I couldn't climb back into bed so I just stood leaning over my bed until the nurse flagged down the portable ultrasound and discovered that I had 1.5 liters of urine in my bladder. They promptly reinserted the catheter (really wasn't bad since I was so swollen down there that I could hardly feel anything) and it all drained out, and then I spent another night in the hospital before being sent home with the catheter in. I was taught how to remove it myself at the hospital so I did not have to go to the DR's office for that - it was super easy to do.

After I removed the catheter, I had to go about every 15 to 20 minutes. My DR told me to keep a journal of every time I urinated, and try to go a few minutes longer in between each time. It took a couple of weeks to get back to normal as far as going a few hours each time and being able to sleep through the night.

Then I had some unrelated problems at about four weeks post op that led my DR to do an internal exam and she discovered that I had a vaginal adhesion - a bridge of scar tissue between the anterior and posterior repair incisions that was essentially dividing my vagina in two and preventing anything from penetrating. She checked it again at six weeks and it was bigger, so a few weeks later I was back in the hospital having that removed. After a few weeks of daily Premarin cream use, finally everything felt normal in there.

It's hard to believe all that happened more than six years ago now.


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