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Should I have my rectocele repaired? Should I have my rectocele repaired?

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Unread 02-04-2003, 12:48 PM
Should I have my rectocele repaired?

At six weeks post-op, I developed a rectocele. I know the minute it happened. I was grocery shopping and suddenly felt painful twinges in my vagina, then something felt like it had fallen. I abandoned my shopping cart and went home. Looking with a mirror, I saw this bulge! The next day was my check up and it was confirmed. My doc gave me premarin cream to help strengthen the vaginal wall.

It has been six months now. I am learning to cope with this problem. I have a mild to moderate case. But I am tired of living with it! Somedays I am so uncomfortable -- like a golf ball is between my legs. Also, I feel pressure often -- not to mention the occassional bouts of constipation.

I want this repaired. Saw my doc again this week. He asked me a list of questions -- like does it bleed, rub against my underwear, cause painful sex -- most of which I answered "no" . Well, he said, it is not that bad, you can live with this -- surgery is not necessary.

I am glad to have a conservative doctor, but he doesn't know how this feels! Can any of you sisters offer your insights?

Thanks, and God bless you all.
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Unread 02-04-2003, 07:27 PM

When I was diagnosed with having a rectocele problem... I was so releived because I thought I was nuts. But thanks to a good doctor she clue'd me in. Basically the advice she gave me was, when it bothered me enough, thats when to have it fixed. I lived with it for awhile, and was miserable. So when my hyst was scheduled, I said "fix it"..... I am very glad and am a new person today! It is nice to be normal again there.

So regardless of whether or not you answered no to some of those questions. There is something called "quality of life" and if it bothers you enough, then it is affecting your quality of life.

It is a personal decision, and best to get all the information from your doc as to the details and such, so you can decide whether or not it needs to be fixed.

I wish you luck....
Unread 02-05-2003, 07:15 AM
Should I have my rectocele repaired?

My mom has a rectocele, and found that wearing a pessary is surprisingly comfortable and helpful. She had to go back once because they gave her the wrong size or something, but she's getting pretty decent relief now. This might be something you could look into, to at least tide you over while you decide what to do.
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Unread 02-05-2003, 07:24 PM

I had a rectocele repair and a lap for adhesions on my sigmoid colon last year. I was tired of living with it too. I had bouts of constipation, had to lean back real far to move my bowels, so to speak, and had uncomfortable sex. That was enough for me. the posterior repair seemed to help those symptoms. Unfortunately I'm back again now for a bladder sling at the end of the month. Oh, the road is a weary one sometimes. Talk to your doc or get another opinion. In my case, the surgery did help.
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