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Unread 03-17-2003, 12:02 PM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..

perineal descent is where the rectum prolapses into the space between your vaginal opening and your anus. If I become constipated the bulge that I used to feel into my vagina bulges now into this perineal space. I have on occasion had to push up on my perinium to evacuate stool. I think, for me personally, my rectocele repair is holding up very well, however it is like my rectum doesn't have anything to hold it up or else after a lifetime of constipation (my mother has told me I was even constipated as a baby) my rectum and colon has gotten very stretched and has lost elasticity. ( i wonder if a rectum can get stretch marks?lol)
Anyway now that my vaginal walls have been streghtened and built up with the repairs the rectum hads no where else to go but into the perineum when it gets too full. I don't feel a bulge anywhere (as long as my stools stay soft) but sometimes I feel pressure/discomfort sort of a hard to describe feeling near my anus and in the rectal area. Of greater concern to me is I feel constant discomfort in my outer labia and sometimes clitorial pain. I am thinking it may be due to variscose veins in the labia region and this may be one of the rectal pain souces also. I do have hemmrhoids on occasion.

Pam--I agree with you about the care in an AFB hospital. It was wonderful. I got immediate attention when ever I needed it from nurses, techs, pharmacy and dietary. My concern has been with the lack of experience most of the doctors have. Most tend to be newly out of residencies. I wish you the best with you surgeries, what are you having done?

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Unread 03-17-2003, 10:34 PM

I am having a lap April 30th to find out if the endo or adhesions are back and then after recovering from that I go in for cystocele and rectocele repair and a hemerriodectomy.

I am a little concerned about having it all done at once, but I could not stand a seperate surgery. I want it all over at one time. I know I have to have the lap seperatly, because the Uro wont touch me until my Gyn finds out if there is endo growing back. She wants to work with a clean slate. Ya, that is going to happen:rolleyes

I know how SOME military Dr's can be (if you can even call them that) in fact I replied to a post about it all being in you head so I am NOT new to misdiagnosis. I finally found 3 GREAT military Dr's that know what they are doing. I trust them alot.. They all have been in practice for years so I am assured that they are FAR from being newbies. I guess I pressed the issue of seeing specialists with experience, that made all of the differece in the world...

Take care, all of my sisters!!!

Unread 03-18-2003, 03:25 PM
Rectocele repair worsens constipation..


I too had a rectocele repaired and I find I have to push on the perineum to get the stool out when I am a bit constipated.

I was taking fibre... metamucil... but found it made my stool too bulky and it hurt to get it out.

Now I drink about 3 litres of green tea each morning (an enema from the top... lol) and I eat bran cereal and banana for breakfast and it works. Most days I do not need to push the perineum.

I cannot eat anything except fruit before I have a BM. If I eat the urge to go to the loo does not happen and I end up with what looks like deer droppings the size of ostrich eggs...(hope you have a sense of humour)

BTW my doctor said I could push as much as I liked as the stitches were so strong... however, I have followed this website and not his advice as I think he was too lax. Also my stitches have not yet started dissolving, so maybe he has used something different to the American ones.

I actually posted a question this am though because yesterday and today I felt the stitches popping when I did strain a bit... sigh (Didn't eat bran for breakfast for 2 days and I paid the price).

I wanted to know if this has happened to others. Luckily I am at the 5 1/2 week healing mark and I see no blood so the scar must be holding but it is nerve wracking.

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