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Unread 03-24-2012, 09:41 PM
4/11 What to expect--have questoins

For anyone that has had a tvh, bladder repair without sling due to prolapse, vaginal wall repair,and rectocele, please reply. I am trying to get some step by step detail on what to expect to calm my nerves down.
I have questions like afterwards do you have pain in the vaginal area? I told my Dr I am afraid of the pain and he says its all inside you dont have pain!!is is difficult to sit due to everything being done in that area?I hear don't bend. He said that I can't even load the dishwasher. Well how do you bathe, dry yourself, get out of bed without ever bending?How is it with a catheter being in so long? I may have to go home with one.When can you drive?Should i give blood in case I may need it? Has anyone ever done that? i am rh negative and I think that is rare.I also have problems with my right leg and hip. I am hoping it won't bother me after in the position I am thinking they put you in. I mean. At preop do they discuss with you what will happen and how you will feel?Any answers would be appreciated. I am counting down and getting more nervous. I actually see myself saying stop when they are ready to put me to sleep. I have fears about waking up during it. My sister is a surgical tech and I hear stories believe me.

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Unread 03-24-2012, 10:03 PM
Re: 4/11 What to expect--have questoins

Deep breaths, you've come to the right place. We've all felt the way you're feeling right now. This surgery is very overwhelming for a lot of women and there are so many unknowns.

I had a TVH but did not have the repairs you are having. First thing to note: we all heal differently and at different rates. Some ladies say they have no pain post op, some say they have a lot. Some are back to work in two weeks and for some it's several months.

I was a mess pre op. I cried constantly and desperately didn't want the surgery. I cried all the way to the OR and was planning on changing my mind at the last minute but they whisk things along quickly in there and I was awake again before I realized I was breathing the gas. I was scared I dying during surgery (single mom) and worried I would be awake durin surgery but paralyzed.

There is pain post op and you'll likely be sore to sit on your bottom. The pain is managed well in hospital but I needed to be diligent at home and take my meds regularly. I was in bed most of the first week. A shower is a huge accomplishment. I did bend post op, but slowly and carefully and never while lifting. My DH had to dry me off after showering. Listen to your body, it will tell you when you're doing something you shouldn't.

Make a list of questions for your pre op appointment. I had mine over the phone so I didn't ask her much. I saved all my questions for the surgeon. You can drive once your doctor clears or or when you're off narcotic pain meds and are able to stomp your foot on the brake without hurting your tummy.

I returned to work (desk job) at 8 weeks and only every other day. It was brutal. I was cleared for sex at 8 weeks but I waited 9 because I was still sore.
Unread 03-24-2012, 10:35 PM
Re: 4/11 What to expect--have questoins

I had a rectocele repair with bladder sling in November of 2010. This Thursday I am having a LAVH. So it's different since mine is being done in 2 operations.

After my surgery in 2010, I had to stay in bed for the most part for 3 weeks. Could not lift anything for six weeks. The first few days were the worst because of the bowel movements. The first one was terrible. I had the catheter in for the first night in the hospital, but then I had to urinate with inserting the catheter at home for a few days. Wasn't terribly horrible.

Stay on schedule with pain meds. You'll be surprised how fast those 3 weeks go by! Take care and good luck with your surgery.
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Unread 03-25-2012, 05:31 PM
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how do you know how to do that with the catherter? can you tell me how to do it in case i need to

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