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When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

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Unread 11-09-2002, 08:28 AM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

If you have been diagnoised with a rectocele please get testing done BEFORE surgery. My rectocele repair did not improve my symptoms. I am now faced with another surgery that could have been done at the time of my hysterectomy had it been known.
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Unread 11-09-2002, 08:35 AM
could you be more specific?

No testing was done on me at all, now feeling a bit scared! I described my symptoms and doc said "good call!" Proctologist said "good call!" too. Already had four other rectal procedures related to a fistula and I don't want any more messing around with that area of my body.
Unread 11-10-2002, 01:33 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

The reason I wrote this is because after my rectocele surgery I did not get any relief. I then found out that only 46% of rectocele repairs are successful. But; with further tests as to the true problems the repair can be done at the same time as the hysterectomy. I am now faced with another surgery. I am unhappy with how my doctor handled this--she said she knew what she was doing and would check all maners out when she got in there. The trust was broken more than once on her part.
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Unread 11-10-2002, 01:42 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

Oh Janice, I remember your process; the diagnosis, the waiting, the prep, and then finally surgery and the long recovery. I'm so sorry you are now facing this. What a dissapointment!

It's kind of you to think of all your sisters and to put out a warning. I'm sure many have read it already. Thanks. Take care.
Unread 11-10-2002, 05:09 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

I had a rectocele repair, and am 9 weeks post op and don't feel 100% down there either ......I am going to see the dr tomorrow to find out what is going on. I still feel a slight bulge, but did have 2 drs' opinions that it was a grade 4 rectocele....May I ask what your problem was????? and what further surgery you need....Good luck!
Unread 11-10-2002, 07:01 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

I have a prolapsed rectum--internal. I do not stand for long times nor do I sit for long times. I still use a donut. I see the surgeon 11/19/02. my goal is to have no more feelings of "falling out". I know there are more tests that are going to be done to make sure there is nothing else that needs tacked back up---I want this to be my last surgery. I will say I did get a lot of relief from my hysterectomy,MMK and cysteocele repair---on to repair the rectum. I do want to say that a lot of my problems I think were due to having twins and the second one being born feet first. Janice72
Unread 11-10-2002, 07:08 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

Janice......may I ask how you found out it was actually a prolapsed rectum, and what your symptoms were.

Unread 11-16-2002, 12:05 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

My symptoms are:
I can wipe and wipe and wipe and more feces keeps coming out.
I leak when I walk or stand for periods of time.
I do not feel my rectum is empty.
I am woken up to severe back aches/bowel movements at 4,,5,,6,,7 A.M.
I have severe tailbone pain---I do not know if this is related.
Lower back pain lessens with BM's.
My left side is tender.
Hope this answers your questions--------Janice
Unread 11-16-2002, 03:21 PM
When a rectocele is not JUST a rectocele

(((((Janice)))))) wow....that sounds awful ......I hope your next surgery goes well.

I did see my doctor, cause after reading your post I was concerned about my rectocele not JUST being a rectocele, but she assured me all was well, and that I was just taking a longer time to heal.

Thankyou for informing me of the symptoms. I do not have that leaking problem, but do know of a male friend that has that, and HIS surgeon repaired him as a rectocele repair, and 2 months later now he is leaking again!!!!!......I Bet he as the prolapsed rectum ........

Please let me know how you do?


Unread 11-17-2002, 05:48 AM
Very interested

I have a suspected rectocele (I'm pretty convinced about it) but do not return to see my surgeon until April - I guess he's giving me plenty of time to recover from hyst? He wouldn't do it same time as TAH stating it would be too much for me to deal with?

I am really concerned about what recovery will be like and how it is actually repaired? I've read that having big babies/assisted deliveries can contribute to the condition occuring but only recently realised that it is also a symptom (and diagnostic criteria) for a condition known as Hypermobility Syndrome, which I have. This is basically a connective tissue disorder, means my ligaments etc are rather stretchy and sometimes not supportive enough to do their job. (mostly manifested as joint trouble/pain)

My concern is that they could try and repair but that it could happen all over again but then considering that I won't be giviing birth again maybe the repair would stay good?

I get a bulge at the entrance to my vagina and I cannot have a normal/natural bowel movement without 'splinting' with my thumb or fingers into the vagina and giving it a good push. I never really feel as I have 'emptied'. Despite wiping and wiping, I never get completely clean - means I am quite tender at times.

I am not familiar with how these are 'graded' - how many or what symptoms must present themselves for the different grades???

Any info at all would be appreciated...I'm in a kind of limbo about it.

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