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I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general. I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

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Unread 08-03-2014, 08:05 PM
I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

Hello ladies,
I am 32 years old and we are done having children. I have always suffered from painful debilitating menstration with pms symptoms, not to mention the difficulty evacuating my bowels since having my children. I recently found out that I have a small fibroid, a cyctocele stage 1-2, uterine prolapse stage 1 and a rectocele stage 3. My Gyno refered me to a gyno surgen for the reconstructive surgery along with a hysterectomy. I am still awaiting all my test results before my Dr. gives me all the info of the type of surgery he will preform. I guess I am wondering if anyone had the above mentioned issues and what your expirience was? Also feel free to share any tips during this process. TIA
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Unread 08-04-2014, 12:42 AM
Re: Hello I'm New. I a pelvic organ prolaps and want a hysterectomy what should I expect in general.

Hi Champagne j,

I have a uterine prolapse stage 1 and a rectocele stage 3 and a cystocele stage 2. I'm having a LAVH in Sept. I'm also having sling placed and my rectocele repaired using my own tissue, no mesh, also keeping my ovaries. We are in the same boat. I am sick if it all. I would really like to poop normally! I'm looking forward to the surgery. Good luck with your tests. I hope you get your surgery scheduled soon.

Rachel
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Unread 08-04-2014, 11:59 AM
Re: Hello I'm New. I a pelvic organ prolaps and want a hysterectomy what should I expect in general.

wow Rachel I feel the same, please can you keep me posted of your expirience. Good luck with your surgery.
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Unread 08-04-2014, 01:04 PM
Re: Hello I'm New. I a pelvic organ prolaps and want a hysterectomy what should I expect in general.

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Originally Posted by champagne j View Post
Hello ladies,
I am 32 years old and we are done having children. I have always suffered from painful debilitating menstration with pms symptoms, not to mention the difficulty evacuating my bowels since having my children. I recently found out that I have a small fibroid, a cyctocele stage 1-2, uterine prolapse stage 1 and a rectocele stage 3. My Gyno refered me to a gyno surgen for the reconstructive surgery along with a hysterectomy. I am still awaiting all my test results before my Dr. gives me all the info of the type of surgery he will preform. I guess I am wondering if anyone had the above mentioned issues and what your expirience was? Also feel free to share any tips during this process. TIA
Hi Champagne and Rachel
I'm 62 and had dvTH/BSO and 3rd stage Rectocele, cystocele, and a surprise enterocele repair on July 7th. Because of all the repair work the surgery took about 4 hours. I had a one night stay in the hospital. My recovery has gone well. I had very little gas pain, had some bladder spasms. I was on oxycodone for 4 days and then tramadol for a week because I can't take Advil. Because of the repair work soreness has been an issue. Hard chairs are not my friend. As you read the HysterSisters website you will see that one of the main issues is being tired. It is very much a part of this surgery. Naps will be one of your best friends. You will need to take baby steps. I went back to work part time last week. Each day gets better. Being a little nervous is normal. The relief that you will experience is wonderful. You will be so thankful that you are having everything taken care of. Best wishes to both of you. I would love to be an encouragement to you. Feel free to ask more questions.

HysterHugs to you
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Unread 08-05-2014, 08:04 AM
Re: I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

I was also wondering how long of a wait time was it for surgery. I was told by the medical receptionist my surgery would probable be in mid winter.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 12:57 PM
I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

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I was also wondering how long of a wait time was it for surgery. I was told by the medical receptionist my surgery would probable be in mid winter.
My GYN retired and I did lengthily research to find a new one. I saw her on 6/18 and had surgery on 7/7. Her decision was totally based on her exam since I had no history with her. From what they told me that was the first date that was open. With a 3rd stage Rectocele I know you are uncomfortable along with the bowel issues and bladder issues. The surgery date is really decided by your doctor (after they have all of the test results) along with availability dates at the hospital. I would encourage you to discuss the surgery date with your GYN. It is never wrong to discuss your concerns or even to request an earlier surgery date, especially with all that you are dealing with pain wise. I put going to have it checked for so long and just got "used" to it. This side of surgery I realize how bad it really was. It is wonderful that I don't have to always know where the closest restroom is when I am out shopping.

Hyster hugs to you.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 02:52 PM
Re: I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

Bkfranke,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really appreciate you telling me the real deal. I will make sure to avoid the hard chairs in my house or at least have a pillow for them!

How was it driving the first time? Was it better to take short trips at first? What about getting up and sitting down?

Thanks so much form your input. I have been putting this off for 2 yrs. tried pessaries (my girlie parts just spit them out! LOL They would not stay in!! And I'm so over having to splint every time I'm go #2 and then have to tuck stuff back in. Ugh! I'll be glad when it's over!!

Thanks again!,
Rachel
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Unread 08-05-2014, 03:00 PM
Re: I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

Champagne J,

My doc tried to schedule me for 8/25, her closest opening (and I just saw her July 22). But we have a big family event over Labor Day and I knew there was no way I could have surgery then. So the next available was 9/15.

I had seen her 2 years ago when she DX the prolapse and recommended surgery, but I was not ready. Then a year ago I saw her for a pessary fitting, and not one would stay in! Then I just couldn't take it and saw her last month and said, "let's just do the surgery and get this over with!" And she would have booked me the following Monday, if she'd had an opening. LOL

So, I have a little over a month now, and I'm really living on this site! ☺️

~Rachel
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Unread 08-05-2014, 07:39 PM
Re: I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

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Bkfranke,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really appreciate you telling me the real deal. I will make sure to avoid the hard chairs in my house or at least have a pillow for them!

How was it driving the first time? Was it better to take short trips at first? What about getting up and sitting down?

Thanks so much form your input. I have been putting this off for 2 yrs. tried pessaries (my girlie parts just spit them out! LOL They would not stay in!! And I'm so over having to splint every time I'm go #2 and then have to tuck stuff back in. Ugh! I'll be glad when it's over!!

Thanks again!,
Rachel
Rachel,
So glad to encourage you any way I can. I didn't find HysterSisters until about a week before I had surgery so I really didn't know what to expect. This was actually my second surgery for prolapse. The first was 24 years ago and all my surgeon told me was that he would "tack up my bladder and uterus" through a bikini incision. My surgeon explained everything this time and assured me procedures have changed and GREATLY improved.

I drove for the first time at 2 weeks. I did a short outing and it wasn't bad and then the next time I did longer. It is amazing how much we use those muscles every day and don't realize it. My prolapse was very close to the vaginal opening and the soreness made longer rides a little uncomfortable. Shorter trips are probably better at first. If you find yourself getting getting uncomfortable and having pain, you still have to get back home.

It is an automatic response to tighten our muscles when we get up and down. I made a conscious effort to do both slowly. Your body will let you know quickly if you overdo.

One of my very dear friends is a nurse and she kept telling me "remember this was MAJOR SURGERY, not minor". Your surgeon is going to do a lot of work and you will need to give your body time to heal.

I know you will be so thankful to have this behind you. I am making a note of your surgery date and will remember you in prayer. Please let me know how you are doing. Feel free to message me any time too.

Lots if hugs.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 05:02 PM
Re: I have pelvic organ prolapse: hysterectomy - what should I expect in general.

Thanks for all the quick responses, you have all been very informative. my concerns are:
-healing time (please feel free to share your story and struggles/tips/solutions)
-Incision locations and scarring
-any complications if anyone is willing to share.
-Do's and Don'ts
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