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Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I had surgery for a cystocele, rectocele, and vaginal vault repair. I'm still having a lot of pain and am getting concerned that I won't heal quickly enough. The surgery ended up being more involved than originally anticipated. The surgeon went in laparascopically to repair the vaginal vault and to also see if he could find the source of my lower left abdominal pain. I had a total hysterectomy 18 years ago when I was just 29 years old. I still have my right ovary. When he got in there he found my colon had twisted and had grown attached to my bladder. He was able to correct it and untwisted my colon. He also said that he had never seen the amount of adhesions that I had and cut most of them out. He went in vaginally to repair the cystocele and rectocele. He also performed labiaplasty because my labia had torn when my 2nd son was born and was just hanging down. Oh, and I should mention that when he was looking inside my bladder he found a growth that he thought could be bladder cancer. He performed a biopsy and thankfully it came back benign. Anyway, I thought I would be up and moving and well on my way to recovery by this time. We are moving to Alaska at the end of March and there is still so much to do but I can hardly stand up for more than 10 minutes before the deep aching and feeling of pressure makes me immediately have to sit down. I'm also still having to sit on the donut they gave me in the hospital. Another thing is the stiches, I guess the outer ones from the labiaplasty. It feels like I'm sitting on barbed wire. Finally, the worst part is when I lay down at night. As soon as I lay down my bladder just starts throbbing. It feels like I have to pee but when I get up the sensation goes away. Is all of this normal? When am I going to be able to do what I was able to do before the prolapse? I was walking 8 miles per day before the prolapse. Now I can hardly walk for more than a few minutes. I'm also still having to take prescription pain medication. Please let me hear from others out there who are going through the same thing or who have gone through it. How was your recovery?
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