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Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare. Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare.

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Unread 12-27-2020, 03:52 PM
Question - Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare. Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare.

I had a hysterectomy in 1998 and was on HPT for a couple of years. When I had to wean off due to another health issue, my friend, the good old rectocele made itself know. My doctor wouldn't sign off on me having it repaired due to the health issue. It took 2 years to diagnose the issue and then a couple of years to recover from that. Then years of no insurance then very bad insurance. Now I'm at a place to have the anterior and posterior repair.

The surgery date is Jan. 11, with 6 days of self-isolation before the surgery date due to the virus.

I'm not really sure what to expect, what supplies to have on hand. I live alone, so how long before I'll be able to walk my dog. How long will I need someone to stay with me? I plan on taking 3 weeks off work.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Unread 12-28-2020, 09:52 PM
Re: Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare.

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I had a hysterectomy in 1998 and was on HPT for a couple of years. When I had to wean off due to another health issue, my friend, the good old rectocele made itself know. My doctor wouldn't sign off on me having it repaired due to the health issue. It took 2 years to diagnose the issue and then a couple of years to recover from that. Then years of no insurance then very bad insurance. Now I'm at a place to have the anterior and posterior repair.

The surgery date is Jan. 11, with 6 days of self-isolation before the surgery date due to the virus.

I'm not really sure what to expect, what supplies to have on hand. I live alone, so how long before I'll be able to walk my dog. How long will I need someone to stay with me? I plan on taking 3 weeks off work.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Tberry. I know the thought of prolapse repairs can be scary ... you are having a lot of work done. My surgery was a dvTH/BSO plus enterocele and rectocele repairs, and my bladder was tacked up. There are several things that I found very helpful.

Personal wipes are more soothing than tissue

Peri bottle for personal cleansing

Ice packs . . . I wet pads and froze them.

Sitz bath ONLY if approved by your doctor.

Thin pillow or cushion but not a donut cushion. (They create more vaginal pressure)

I also found a recliner to be the most comfortable for sitting . . . you can lean back and ease the pressure.

Having a BM can make you very anxious. It is important for you to try to relax when the time comes and DON'T STRAIN. Be sure to drink lots and lots, walk around every hour or so, and take your stool softener. Eating fiber rich foods is helpful . . . bran works wonders. Try propping up your feet on a short stool . . . this is known as the Squatty Potty position. I know it sounds "odd" but it changes the angle and helps everything to move better on its own.

Take a deep breath . . . you can do this. We will be here at the PFBI forum to help you as you recover from your repairs, etc. Come join us again and let us know how’s you are doing.

One of the best ways to help prevent having another prolapse is to strictly follow all of your post op restrictions ... no pushing, no pulling, no bending, and no lifting over a gallon of milk. Each of those things put pressure on the pelvic floor and can cause a prolapse. It will also be very important to strengthen your Pelvic Floor muscles (this is more than kegels) ... it would be very worth talking to your doctor about Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy . I went through 4 months of therapy and my muscles are very strong. One more thing would be using vaginal estrogen cream to help strengthen your vaginal walls.

on your surgery my dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Unread 01-05-2021, 10:08 PM
Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare.

I had both done in 2019. I didnt really noticd anything with the rectocele. My bladder however was a rough recovery. I had a suprapubic catheter and it was not fun. Make sure you ask your dr about what kind of catheter you will have. I was told most people can pee on their own within a week. It took me a month before i could pee on my own and have the cath removed. Not trying to scare you, just being honest. Like the above mentioned. Follow all instructions as far as no lifting etc. I had mine done at the sametime as my hysterectomy. So i had to have someone do stuff for me for 6 weeks. Best of luck with your surgery!
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Unread 01-06-2021, 05:15 AM
Rectocele and Cystocele repair scheduled, how to prepare.


I second the Squatty Potty position. In addition to bran cereal, my top fiber picks to have on hand include frozen blueberries, oatmeal, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and a psyllium based product like Metamucil; for maximum benefit, be sure to accompany these foods with enough water so that your urine is clear or pale yellow. Other top picks to have on hand, to gently stimulate the muscles of your intestinal tract so they do the pushing for you, include magnesium from dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and almonds; and sugar alcohols from apple or pear juice, prunes, dried apricots, frozen cherries, and sugarless gum. Wishing you all the best for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!
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