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Unread 10-30-2002, 10:46 PM
Rectocele Repair

I have a TVH w/Burch procedure about 21 months ago. Well, now it seems that I have a rectocele and need surgery to correct this as well. Was wondering if anyone has had a rectocele repair and can tell me what to expect as far as castle stay (if any) and recovery time, etc. Will this be easier than my hysterectomy or about the same, not as bad, etc. I sit for 8-12 hours a day and am wondering how long to expect being off of work. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. I know what the rectocele is and how I got it but just don't know about the repair, etc. Thanks Sistas!!!
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Unread 10-31-2002, 08:59 AM
Rectocele Repair

I'm so sorry you will be needing further surgery I am almost 3 years post-op and have been experiencing Rectocele symptoms, I'm yet to seek medical advice about it tho, so I have no personal experience to share. I have done some research on this and found several good links concerning this and the surgery to correct it:

Preparing for surgery:

Hope this helps I'm sure others will be along shortly to share their personal experiences...Good Luck and please keep us posted ((hugs))
Unread 10-31-2002, 11:54 AM
Rectocele Repair

Hi Danno,

Hey, we are opposites, I had the rectocele repair back in 2000 and now need the bladder surgery. I'll tell you about the rectocele reapair is you can advise me on the bladder...because now I need the bladder repair!

Seriously, for me it felt like an episiotomy. They sew up/repair the back of the vaginal wall (posterior repair). It pretty much felt sore, but not excruciating, and I had to sit on a pillow for quite some time, even when I returned to work at 6 weeks, an I also sit for hours and hours! I think the recovery time for the rectocele could be at least 4 weeks. I had the TVH at the same time, so I'm not sure about the recovery, but from what I've read, any hernia repair takes a few weeks, I would guess 4 to 6.

I think the hardest part was explaining this friends and family, especially males...people just don't seem to be too informed that these things happen. Even with the bladder thing....people just don't seem to want to hear about it...maybe it's my imagination.

Oh well....

Hey, good luck! Keep up posted on when you are having this done. I'm seeing the Gyn in March to decide on what to do. I'm trying Kegals and Vagifem in the meantime.

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Unread 10-31-2002, 06:05 PM
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I had my hyst and Burch repair 2 years ago and then ended up with a rectocele and had to have a posterior repair and a lap for adhesions last year. The surgery was not that easy for me, the external stitches hurt and I didn't start to feel well for about 7-8 weeks. I was at the castle 2 and a half days. It did help my situation though so I'm glad I went through it. Unfortunately I'm now back here with bladder problems again and may end up with a bladder sling after seeing my urologist again in Nov. I posted a lot about my surgery last year, but I'm not sure the info would still be here if you did a search. I'll answer any questions or posts you have about the rectocele. I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I will pray you feel better and find the healing you deserve.
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Unread 11-01-2002, 11:11 AM
Rectocele Repair

I had my rectocele repaired at the same time as my hyst, so can't offer any insight as to what to expect re: castle stay and recovery.

However, I can tell you that, initially, the pain from the repair was the only one that I felt. Fortunately, it was very easily managed with regular tylenol, by the third day post-op.

I did have an episiotomy-like incision on my perineum and it did make sitting very painful for those first 2 or 3 weeks. I found that spraying the site of the incision with a warm water filled peri-bottle would help immensely. If you don't have a peri-bottle, a wascloth soaked in warm water will do the trick.

I also know that I had extended limitations on straining and lifting, even after I was released to resume most of my normal activities, in order to prevent doing damage to the repair.

Hope this helps.

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