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Bladder lift - what is it? Bladder lift - what is it?

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Unread 10-04-2011, 08:38 AM
Bladder lift - what is it?

Several women have told me to ask to have my bladder lifted at the same time as I have my SAH, saying it will make it much easier in my later years. Has anyone heard of this?
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Unread 10-04-2011, 09:03 AM
Re: Bladder lift - what is it?



I'm having the same procedure as you on Friday.

I'm not sure but would like to know in case I need to add to my request list.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 02:56 PM
Re: Bladder lift - what is it?

A bladder lift is pretty much exactly what it sounds like - the bladder is lifted and tacked back up, using sutures, your own tissue, or mesh. It is done when the bladder has prolapsed (called a cystocele). If your bladder has prolapsed, then yes, it could be a good idea to have it lifted, depending on the severity. Otherwise, I wouldn't let anyone touch it! (if it isn't broken, don't fix it) The bladder tissue is very thin and the more you mess with it, the more problems you could have later on down the road. I had a TVH almost 6 weeks ago with cystocele and rectocele (rectum) repair. The only reason I had them lifted/corrected was due to prolapse. I would not have done that part of my surgery if I didn't need to (I'm happy with the outcome). I also had my doctor use sutures, no mesh, as there are all kinds of problems associated with mesh. So, if your doctor isn't telling you that you NEED bladder repair work done, don't listen to your friends. It is not a decision to make lightly and you need to do lots and lots of homework before you make it. Best wishes!!!
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Unread 10-06-2011, 06:28 AM
Re: Bladder lift - what is it?

Clairol, I'm having a supra cervical hysterectomy on Nov28th also repairing cystocele and rectocele, I'm more concerned about the pain from rectocele, can you give me details on how you felt and dealt with all that. I'm soooo scared I've never had any surgery. I'm 51 and pretty active, thank you Cat.
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Unread 10-06-2011, 11:21 PM
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Hi Cat!

You know, for me, I really don't recall much pain from the rectocele repair. Mine wasn't that severe (yet severe enough to warrant correction). I didn't even know I had a rectocele until it was noted during one of my yearly exams. So, I'm not sure if that is why the recovery was so easy for it or not??? You may want to ask how severe yours is. I do remember feeling some pressure and throbbing "down below" during the first 3-4 weeks, especially if I was on my feet too much during the day, but now at 6 weeks post-op, I don't get that at all.

You will definitely want to take some Miralax, as it's important to not have to strain at all. I asked my doctor pre-op about taking Colace or something and he said to not even bother because Miralax was so much better and easier on the system. So, from day one, I took 1/2 a dose in the morning (mixed with warm juice) and 1/2 a dose in the evening. At 5 weeks post-op I cut back to 1/2 a dose every afternoon and I've been doing fine on that. I plan to continue that way for another couple weeks and then try to cut back to every other day or so, to ease back into my "own" regularity.

As for being active, my doctor cleared me for bike riding at 5 weeks. I haven't done it yet - partly because I'm scared and partly because before surgery I was used to riding lots of hills and I know my body can't handle that yet. So, I would say that you could easily be "non-active" for at least 4 weeks, but it just depends on your body and what your doctor recommends. If you happen to get back into the swing of things sooner, then that's a bonus!

Anyway, I hope I've been helpful at all, and I'm happy to answer any other questions. Best of luck! Waiting is the hardest part - I promise!
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Unread 10-07-2011, 06:36 AM
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Oh ok I too didn't know I had a rectocele until my doc told me to go to specialist and that's when I was told, thought I only had cystocele and prolapsed uterus. I can tell the rectocele is present because when I go I feel I don't complete, you know what I mean and it feels like I always have that need to go pressure. I thank you for talking with me. I just got papers in the mail from my surgeon, it's really happening now, scary thing, not knowing and wondering, so talking to you has helped, hopefully I too don't have it too bad. Thanks for being there. Cat
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Unread 10-07-2011, 11:26 PM
Re: Bladder lift - what is it?

Hi Cat - Feel free to PM me anytime you have questions! I'm happy to help, if I can. Just make sure to do as much reading and research beforehand so you know exactly what your doctor is planning to do. Best wishes!
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