4wks just over since anterior and posterior prolapse repair

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hi all ... still taking lazatives for constipation iv tried reducing the amount but to no avail... willl this get easier and am i worrying to much ... i still feel like a lump at the entrance of my vagina ... like rough tissue maybe from swelling but feels like prolapse bk ..as in the sensation but no to touch is this normal as i no they say you can have sex after 6 wks but with this like swelling here there would be no room for sex and does worry me .... my gp says this normal as its been a big opp and things need to settle ... please if theres anyone out there had the same or simalar kind of thing your thoughts would be greatly apreciated ... i guess im a bit of a worrier 

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    Hi jackie I'm 11/2 week post op at the moment I'm experiencing lots of presure and discomfort and very keen to know how recovery goes
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      hi joan.  11wks since your opp so your a bit further that me ... have you experienced any of what i am? which opp did you have? and how  are coping im 51 how old are you ... you bk at work yet ...sorry all the questions just want to no how otheres have coped that are further forward than me and is all im feeling quite normal lol  thanku for your reply
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      Hi jackie sorry I'm 1 1/2 weeks post op not 11 weeks , I had posterior and anterior repair , do early days for me yet , I'm getting lots of presure at the moment it soon dissappears after BM , one thing I need to ask is did u suffer from a small , it's not offensive but I can smell it it started 2 days after op
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      hi joan sorry for my late reply ... do u mean discharge smell ... i did smell that at first but it will settle down the more you rest the more the discharge will become less and go bk to normal colour i bled for bout 2 wks if not bit longer if i do to much then the discharge does change colout to a browny colour and thats when i no iv done to much and does go bit smelly ... and also my belly will hurt but things do settle down next day so see how things go in couple of days ... if your really worried ask for call bk from gp as i have and just ask for chat ... take care but im here if anything else worrys you ..
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      Thank you jackie my bleeding has stopped now , but the discharge does smell im getting in the bath twice daily it's making me really paronoid incase others can smell me ,
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      Hi Joan! I am 55 years old and 15 weeks postop for anterior repair. I was told not to bath til 4 weeks postop, but showered daily. At about 3 weeks postop, in the morning before my shower, I would notice a smell...it drove me crazy. At my 4 week postop appointment, I told the surgeon about it. He said that I had self dissolving stitches and thought the smell was from a few that hadn't completely dissolved yet. He removed those stitches and I never noticed the smell again. I never had any discharge or bleeding after 16 days postop. Good luck!

      Blessings to you,

      Trish

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    Jackie, its absolutely normal to worry about something like this, so don't beat yourself up for that!  My advice would be to give the surgeon (or their secretary who will ask and phone you back) a ring and ask them.  I'm only going from what I've read on here recently and it could be just swelling maybe, or an infection, or something like that but I would ask the surgeon to save you worrying.  I'd also ask about the constipation aspect but I'd certainly keep taking them while you need them.  I don't know what laxatives you're taking but some are meant for longer term than others.  My GP actually left me on Senna for years and years and years and then they suddenly wondered if my bowel may have stopped working on it's own at all because I'd been on them for far too long, but something like macrogol or fibergel is meant for longer term if you do need it longer term.  I hope you can get some reassurance.  This all makes me thing that surgeons should actually warn you that this MIGHT happen and explain more about it, but this is similar to when GP's give you medication with no warning of side effects!
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      thanku for your reply i will give my surgeon a ring tommor ... how far pre opp are you and what did you have done ... i just want her to say everything is ok so i can stop worrying ....
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      I had a hysterectomy and anterior repair but my anterior repair failed and I also have a posterior prolapse and the vaginal vault is now prolapsing too, but don't be too disturbed by this because I do have a connective tissue disorder that may well have played it's part here.  I do think it's a good idea to talk to your surgeon though for reassurance and then you can relax:-)  Do let us know how you get on and I hope it's all good:-)
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      iv got app 27th oct to see my surgeon to have a chat and for her to look i think and to put my mind at rest ill let u no how things go ....wish you well too x
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      Hi Chris,

      Hope you don't mind me asking what were your symptoms prior to surgery?  I have also been recommended hysterectomy and anterior repair or suspension surgery with mesh.

      You mentioned that you have a connective tissue disorder I'm possibly in the same situation.

      What were your symptoms prior to surgery?

      hopevyou don't mind me asking.

      I have prolapse in all 3 departments.

      It sounds as though we may have similar problems.

      Sandra

       

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      Sandra, it would be so lovely to feel I'm not the only person on the planet with the prolapses AND Ehlers Danlos - the connective tissue disorder.  I wasnt diagnosed with that until I was 65!  But I'd had waters break 6 weeks before my first child was due and various other things as well as the hypermobility aspect since a child but it's ligaments mainly affected in every way.  Re the prolapse my first symptoms were feeling a bit of a bulge just at the entrance to the vagina.  At that point I didn't have a prolapse of the posterior or uterus but had the ring that supported the anterior prolapse well.  Because that was the worst one, and because they'd actually forgotten that they were going to do repairs when they did the hysterectomy, the surgeon just repaired that one, last November, but I suddenly felt 'something coming down' again in the summer and thought it must be the posterior one that was worse, so was shocked to hear it was the anterior one failed, AND the vaginal vault was on it's way down, as well as the posterior one still being there obviously.  I don't know if mesh would be suggested yet, but am wary of that - it's had so many bad reports, but my feeling is, because of the weak ligaments, no surgery to repair these is going to work long term.  It may be that when I get to see the prolapse specialist they can convince me that surgery would stand a good chance, but from what I've read if you have more than one prolapse it's less likely to give a good long term result, and having three, plus one already failed so quickly, I'm not awfully optimistic they'll say that and at this stage will be grateful if a ring pessary will work!

      Is your connective tissue disorder similar?

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      Hi Chris,

      Sorry but I have not heard of that connective tissue disorder.

      Mine is more of an auto immune rheumatic problem which many have.

      I tried a ring for 2 days and felt it didn't help!!!

      Do you think I should have given it longer?

      Also was only offered the ring pessary.

      You said the ring helped.

      After a day I was having discharge not pleasant and no difference in the way I felt.

      Good luck with your consultation.

      Sandra

       

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      If you didn't feel it was doing what it was supposed to do Sandra then I'd strongly recommend going back and asking for a different type.  I can't see that time is going to improve it.   We tend to suffer in silence and get on with it, but it's not necessary to do that.  They do have lots of options available and need to know if what they're provided isn't doing what it's supposed to do.  But yes, the discharge is off putting and I was so pleased to have the repair to avoid that aspect, but now I'll just be grateful if it's still an option:-(  But I would ask for something else so you can weigh it up properly.  Many thanks for the good luck wishes:-)
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