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Rectocele repair worsens constipation.. Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

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Unread 02-06-2003, 10:21 AM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

I had a TVH with A&P repair in Nov 2002. Previous to that I had always had a problem with intermittent constipation. My GYN called my rectocele "the most impressive" she had ever seen. I had it repair and seem to be going along ok, but now I am having the worse time passing a Bm. They are very soft and normal (I take Colace and alot of fiber) when they do finally come out but now instead of splinting into my vagina I need to push in the perineum to help the BM out. My labia hurt, too. SOmetime even like sharp shock type pains. To be honest I am afraid to get it checked out. I don't have time to be sick! I am afraid of any rectal surgery. DH can't take anytime off. I want to get on with my life. Also dh is military and my surgery was done in a military hospital. I got wonderful care and I trusted my doctor to do the TVH and repairs but I don't know if the aveage military doc has enough experience to help me. Should I just wait and see if it gets worse? I have only had sex 3 times since being allowed to post op, and it's been a little uncortable, but I am never in the mood because I hurt. This is not how I want to live my life.

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Unread 02-06-2003, 10:41 AM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

GO TO THE DOCTOR!!! I see military doctors, too. Most of them aren't any different than civilian doctors, they all have to go to medical school! And military doctors don't have to worry about insurance companies!

You need to feel better.

Unread 02-06-2003, 10:58 AM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

((((Denise))))) I'm so sorry you're having all of these problems I agree with Kathy: you need to go to your doctor and get this problem addressed.

I also had a stage 3 rectocele repaired at the same time as my TVH. One thing that my surgeon stressed, was the importance of not straining, and this restriction went on beyond the 6 week mark, when I was released to resume most activities. This restriction was in order to prevent damaging the repair.

I know how frustrating continuing constipation can be, since, as an IBS sufferer, I've been dealing with this issue for most of my life. And the problem has gotten much worse since my hyst

((((Denise)))), I'm sending lots of gentle, healing s your way and waiting to hear, anxiously, what your doctor says.

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Unread 02-07-2003, 07:54 AM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

Thank you Dany and Kathy for responding to my post. What I have decided to do is put in for a phone consult to my Dr. (I found out she is TDY (temp. Duty Assignment) until Feb 10th) it usually take about 3 days for the docs to call back anyway and this way at least I'll be in line already! Meanwhile, I am going to really increase my fiber and drink gallons of water and see if that helps.

Thanks again,

Unread 02-07-2003, 08:38 AM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

((((Denise)))))) I do hope you can reach your doctor soon.

A few more suggestions:

Water: drink plenty and drink it warm or, at least, at body temperature. Drinking cold water, although refreshing and great tasting, can be a shock to our system.

Walking: I find that walking also helps keep my system regular.
Unread 02-07-2003, 07:08 PM
Dany sure is smart!!

I was just about to post to you to recommend walking and then I saw Dany beat me to it!!

I used Milk of Magnesia after surgery and it helped alot, and it was pretty fast. It didn't burn like laxatives do.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Unread 03-14-2003, 04:51 PM
Rectocele woes

I, too, am experiencing problems with my rectocele repair. It's better, but not THAT much better. I still get a pouch but further back.....not behind the vagina. Dr. told me there was nothing more that he could do? Should I see a colon dr?.....I am only 6 months post op, hate to have another surgery, and would this be done rectally??????......I am so disappointed. I had TVH, including ovaries and rectocele and cystocele repair for this pressure....and NOW I still have pressure .....

Any suggestions?? the mean time I guess I will continue with colace and tons of water. I can be comfortable for a while until time for a bowel movement, and then it seems to collect somewhere?

Can just water and colace help this problem?????

Help please
Unread 03-16-2003, 07:54 PM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

BlueJeanLady--Since I first posted I have changed my diet and it has really helped. Things aren't perfect, but much better. I have a very high fiber breakfast--Kashi cereal with Raisin Bran, then I have 2 scoops of Citrucel before lunch and have either a lg salad or a Kashi GoLean bar (high fiber) for lunch and then for dinner I eat alot of vegetable and a sm lean protein portion. I have totally eliminated all white bread/white pasta and all rice. I try to eliminate cheese, but I have to admit this is a weakness for me-I love cheese. But I do notice a difference in my bowels if I do eat it. I also drink tons of water and colace 2-3 times a day. I use glycerin suppositories about 3 times a week if I feel I need to strain at all to have a BM. I feel much better than before. I think I will eventually have to go to a colo-rectal doc because I feel I may have either perineal descent or a rectal prolapse but I plan on putting off surgery as long as possible. But as long as I keep the BMs soft and moving I don't feel the pain.

Good luck to you,
Unread 03-16-2003, 08:25 PM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..


Thankyou Very much for your response. What is a perineal descent?.......and I see you also had surgery for a rectocele. Did it help at all??.......I know longer feel the bulge behind the vagina, but have the feeling of something tucked into the rectum....but all i see there is a little the sphincter muscle.....really not sure What the sensation is. I do know I still feel the sensation of a bulge......

I am trying more fiber and more water.....I already feel better than the last two days as I have moved my bowels more and feel like that pocket has emptied mostly......GEEZE.....I was hoping I would be like new after the surgery!..... .

I don't want to jump into going to anymore doctors.....I don't want matters made worse...cause they aren't too bad right now....just semi uncomfortable, and moreso just darn frustrating, after all I have been thru.

Please let me know how your rectocele repair feels, and did it still bother you shortly after the surgery...???


Unread 03-16-2003, 10:28 PM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

Hi Denise..

I just wanted to let you know that all of my surgeries have been done at military medical hospitals. I will give you my latest experience with both military and civilian Dr's. When I went in with the blood clot symptoms and I initially went to an Airforce midical facility, they treated me like royalty. I was then transported to am off base ER and I had to have my DH hunt down the nurses and Dr's to get anything out of them as far as what they had found with all of the tests they ran. I was left in a room bymyself and they only came in every once in a while to make sure my monitors were hooked properly. At the AFB they took into concideration that I was having tremendous back pain due to my herniated discs and at the civilian hospital I asked 3 times for something for the pain and got NOTHIng. I was very frusterated and just wanted to get out of there. I felt like I had better care with the military Dr's than the civilian. It is like the military Dr's do not get paid like the outside Dr's nd they get paid more the longer they keep me there. The military get no extra pay for the tests or the bedside manner and they won my trust hands down...

There are good and bad Dr's at both facilities, but the AFB ER staff seemed to be more concerned with ME than anything else. I ahve also had similar experiences with outside regular specialists. I would not trade my care I get on base for the money made off bas for anything right now..

Keep your chin up and please tell your DR your concerns, I am not very excited about having to have 2 more surgeries since this will make #'s 4 and 5 for me, but at least I trust them with my life.

Hang in there and do not be afraid to voice your concerns or it can become more complicated in the long run if you wait to long..


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