10 days post op rectocele & doing too much

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Hi folks

Had surgery Aug 7 am, and surgeon elected to only repair the stage 3 almost stage 4 rectocele and leave the stage 2 for pelvic floor physio later post recovery. All is going well, and I have no complaints unless you count that the pain medicine I was issued were too strong (Tramadol) so (a) they were giving me a false sense of recovery and (b) coming off them was 2 days of complete nausea I wish on no enemy. That said I have learned to give myself shorter walks and longer breaks as it's such early days. I believe I was doing too much too soon.

Side note:

They went through my perineum which was a surprise as I was awakened with episiotomy style stitches externally as well as the intra-vaginal and (I'm guessing by the agony when I have a softener enhanced BM) intra-rectal stitches. My surgeron is on holidays until Aug 27 so will find out then (I guess) what happened. I understood it was going through my vaginal tissues, hence the confusion. I had hoped also for a complimentary tummy tuck, boob lift, umbilical hernia correction but was clearly passed over .... lol.

Only aking low dose Celebrex & xs Tylenol now.

Tried to go off stool softeners at the 7 day mark and that was a VERY BAD IDEA.

Important lessons learned.

Hope this finds you all well.

If anyone has rectocele repair questions it's a fresh experience.

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  • Posted

    Do you feel less of the pain and discomfort you had previous to your op?
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      BMs are never stuck. I will have to get used to the new sensations of need to evacuate with immediacy. I never had any pain except in my lower colon of ibs spasms...my recoceles grew and grew with zero pain. The pain I have now is from the ligament they used and the stitches. In answer to another question below yes I am surprised also the surgeon didnt op on the stage 2. I will ask if it was barely a 2 or what. Maybe i am her job security. Bad joke.I am in Canada.
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    Remind me to not use your Dr. Why did he NOT do the stage 2 while he was in there? Mine started with stage 2 and went straight downhill . I have cystocele, rectocle and vag vault prolapse. Over 3 months, everything got worse. Having surgery Monday. Can't imagine doing surgery again if the pt doesn't work! Are u in U.S.? If you aren't, then the doctors must do things differently there!

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      Hi

      I had a hysterectomy and rectocele repair 10 weeks ago. I also have a cystocoele but this wasn’t done as it would of significantly and detrimentally reduced the vaginal canal volume ( consultants words) basically I wouldn’t be able to have intercourse if both procedures were done at the same time as the rectocele repair was quite extensive. I live in the UK.

      Good luck with your surgery and I hope all goes well for you x

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      She said the stage 3 was almost a stage 4 and was so bad they concentrated on that. It was visibly protruding out my vaginal opening without bearing down. The stage 2 was barely a stage 2 and she (Surgeon, Canada) felt it was less urgent and a likely candidate for pelvic floor physiotherapy after my recovery. She also rebuilt my perineum which after 2 kids,and extensive stitches resulting from them plus the stage 3_4 rectovele had distended /stretched out. Lol free vaginoplasty. She warned it will be a longer wait for relations post op and that the repair will make things "like new" so be careful cautious and sloowwwww etc.

      I cant even think about intercourse right now with only 2 week old stitches. I'm still dealing with newly reconstructed rectum and evacuating. The urgency (and pain if I dont answer the call STAT) is new for me. I have to stay close to a facility at 7am sharp and an hour after dinner or I wont make it in time. Conversely my bladder isnt competing for space internally any more and I seem to have no incontinence when I now have to sneeze/cough/laugh. Fingers crossed that continues.

      My 2 weeks post on is today and Ifeel.somgreat I have to remind myself NOT to do too much and no heavy lifting ...no way I'm wrecking this and doing surgery again!

      Wish you all pain free days and good general health

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    I rectorceil surgery on june 1 , it was uncomfortable for the first few weeks but it got easier as time went on i still don't lift heavy things and as far as intcourse its at my pace it s a bit sore afterwards so i no im still healing i no this type of surgery takes a long time so your listen to your body good luck and god bless

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    Hi I'm waiting to have surgery on and cystacele and a rectcele both grade 2 over last few weeks I have experienced pain down the back of both legs when I bend down and get back up has anyone else had this ?

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      I have awful pain ,back of legs under the buttocks ,groin,pelvis,lower back ,pain that tends to shoot from my cervix up to my navel,front of vagina,and upper stomach pain,and top of legs. Got rectocele and cystocele ,don't know what grade yet as got to see a gynea. All this is supposed to be normal. God help us .

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      Hi Margaret

      I too have rectocele and cystocele and waiting for surgery I get awful pain down the back of my legs which is worse when getting back up from bending down it's nice to know someone else is experiencing the same thing good luck hopefully this will get better post surgery Chris

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      I had lumbar (lower back pain) when constipated, yes. Bladder incontinence also... I'm guessing the distended bowels have a trickle.down effect whereby all other functions also become impaired. The only pains and issues I now have post op are minimal and controlled with XS tylenol and the occasional low dose Celebrex. Pain in pubic bone/tail bone, and immediate areas of stitches. That's it. I'm 47.5 yrs old and was on excellent health pre-op. I lost 10 lbs since surgery but 5 was water weight as it came back up pretty quick. I have type 2 diabetes, IBS, PCOs, and lactose intolerance. In cold stand to lose another 20 lbs but would be happy to lose another 10 with better eating habits wink

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    Before surgery I experieced many discomforts resulting from pressure of strained ligaments and pulling of tissues from the drop.  This extended to perineum, low back and down upper legs.  This just made sense to me to be normal considering the anatomy.  Just my thoughts......
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