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Unread 04-14-2003, 02:34 AM
Post Hyst Rectocele

Hi, I'm 6 weeks post LAVH and have developed a rectocele. I would love to 'meet' others who have experienced this - I really want to know what to expect I suppose.

I've read that sometimes support pessaries are used, but I can't fathom if these are suitable for rectoceles - do you have to wear them all the time or do you take them out at night etc? I really want to avoid further surgery if I can.

I'm doing the fibre and water thing and splinting - its all new to me - and I have to admit I don't like it one bit.

Surferbabe suggested I post here - Linda you have been such a help to me - more than you know
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Unread 04-14-2003, 04:12 AM
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Hi Chris,
I don't have any answers for you but thought I'd just let you know that you're not alone. I have a rectocele and the return of the endo monster.

I think I'm going to go down the 'wait and see' path with both conditions. The rectocele is the pits isn't it? I hate the splinting thing however the treatment seems worse at this stage. I really want to hang onto my remaining ovary - it's the only part of my 'girly bits' left and the dear old thing is doing a mighty fine job considering that I can still tell when I technically should be having a period (it's those endo pains).

Anyway, would love to know how you are getting on.

Diana :
Unread 04-14-2003, 06:26 AM
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Hi Chris...

Linda is wonderful aint she?? We all just love her too..

As for the rectocele, I have rectocele as well as cystocele and vaginal vault prolapse.

I have to admit this, but, I can not splint to help me with my BM's. I have hypothyroidism and have gained almost 40lbs so far and now my upper abdomen is swollen, so needless to say I can not reach where I need to push..:cry: Now I have strained so hard I have developed a umbilical hernia.

I also have huge hemerrhoids so I can not honestly say if the problem passing a BM is due to the rectocele or the internal roids.

I do feel as though I have something stuck up in the rectum all of the time and feel as though it is going to fall out.

I am having mine surgically repaired after I take care of the first surgery to remove my gallbladder and clean up any endo or adhesions in there that are now, AGAIn causing tremendous pain.

If I could avoid surgery I would, but at this point I have no choice in the matter.

I pray that you can go the non-surgical route. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!!

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Unread 04-14-2003, 07:10 AM
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I know just how you feel having just had surgery and then having something else fall down. Disappointing, isn't it ??? I had a TVH + abdominal repair for rectocele, cystocele + Burch last May. Within 3 months I was in tears with a vaginal vault prolapse. After all that surgery, I just couldn't believe there was anything else left to "fall down"!

Couldn't fathom the idea of another surgery, so my gyn fitted me for a pessary. Wasn't too bad as you can take it in and out so you can still have sex and clean it. Became totally dependent on it to get me through the day - that's how much it helped. If fitted correctly, you can't even tell you're wearing it! My main pessary complaint, however, was that if I did not take it out every two days, I got a vaginal infection - even with the special gel that came with it. (That's just my body, however - not the same for everyone.) After awhile I just plain was tired of the daily "routine" and opted for another surgery to correct the "problem". This time I sought the help of a specialist - a uro gyn, however, and although it's only been 3 weeks now, I am happy with the the results.

Hope this gives you some incite on a pessary. At least it bides you some time of "comfort" while deciding what you need to do. My thoughts are with you.

Unread 04-14-2003, 09:52 PM
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I am glad you stopped by, I don't have any immediate experience with rectocele but I was just posting to another dear sister and came across this link that SHERI has out there on the subject. I hope it gives you some helpful information in your quest.

Please keep us posted, big s,
Unread 04-15-2003, 04:04 PM
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Chris -- you are just like me! I developed a rectocele at six weeks post op from a TAH. It was so frustrating because I was having a good recovery.

I was scheduled for surgery May 12 to do a repair but canceled. I am uncomfortable some days -- but I decided it was not enough to go through another operation. I have been controlling it pretty well with water, fiber, stool softeners. I will get this fixed someday, but I hope to just live with it for awhile longer.

Hang in there Sister! Peace, CJ
Unread 04-19-2003, 02:29 PM
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Prof - I would like to send you an e-mail but you are disabled on the site - if you'd like to, please e-mail me or send a PM - would be interesting to compare notes?

Unread 04-19-2003, 03:52 PM
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Hi ladies,

I'm scheduled for a repair in a little over a week. Am I worried? Yes, but I can't keep dealing with this pressure, pain, etc and my 'cele is small.

Maybe you should ask me around the first of May what I think about rectocele repair after hyst.....
Unread 04-19-2003, 10:25 PM
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I also have developed a rectocele, cystocele after my tah/bso on the 19 of feb still going to to figure out what is next
Unread 04-21-2003, 04:52 AM
Living with a Rectocele etc.

I also have a rectocele. Plus prolaped rectum, bladder and womb BUT no way am I going to have another op. They have done enough damage to me. I'm so much worse since i had the Anterior repair and posterior repair. I can't risk another op. The rectocele can be very irritating but I find if I don't do certain things such as getting down to sit in the bath (have a shower instead) and not do the stomach pelvic floor exersises and other things which set off the intolerable nerve spasms that make it worse I can get by. I know I would be worse off if I had an op. so this keeps my mind on no operation. I have to sllep on right side only otherwise the rectocele (I feel) opens up and becomes irritating and prevents sleep. Its all a trial and error thing to find out what works best for your rectocele and body.

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