9 days post posterior vaginal repair surgery felt a bulge, is that normal?

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I had posterior vaginal repair surgery on 15th November. On 24th after a lavatory visit I felt a bulge at the vagina and don't know if this is normal swelling, the operation has failed or something different has prolapsed. I'm devastated thinking something is wrong but don't like to make a fuss incase it's normal. Does anyone have a similar experience they can share or advise me what I should do?

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    It's still very early days you may well be still a little swollen. Do you have a post op appointment at 6 -8 weeks?  They don't usually like to examine you before that time as things are still healing etc.  Try to avoid touching that area and rest as much as possible. I know it's a worry, I had my op on 3 November & have my appointment just before Xmas. X 

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      My follow up appointment isn't until February and for the first 8 days following surgery this bulge wasn't present. I was having lots of pain in my lower abdomen which didn't make sense and its making me wonder if now I have an anterior prolapse.

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    It may just be swelling. i had my op 16th October and am seeing consultant later next week for 6 week check. My first few weeks post op where really up and down with new symptoms every day it felt. Bleeding heavily some days, low achy feeling like everything was falling out and serious blues. Give it some time and if it’s still the same in a week ring your consultant.
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    Thanks ladies, I think I'm going to ring the consultant in the morning and see what she says, it is worrying me and I'm feeling low more than I was before purely because I'm getting worked up about it.

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    Hi Karen,

    Just wondering what the status is on your recovery and your concerns.  I had surgery for the same thing two weeks ago with a complete hysterectomy as well.  Although the dr said everything looks fine at my check up a few days ago, since then I have had terrible constipation and was up all night attempting to go.  I fear my straining could have cause my bladder to prolapse again.  I am terrified of that and haven't had any bleeding or much discomfort.  When I feel "down there" it does seem something small is still in my vagina, not sure if that is just swelling?  I may call the dr for another appointment to reassure me, but I am so worried I did some damage by straining.  Hoping you are feeling better. 

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      Hi Lyn, I too could see what I thought were small bulges after about 5 weeks post op, and as I started to be more active felt dragging sensation, pain again etc. I thought my op had failed and prolapses on the way back but when I was checked at 7 weeks, I was told it was just swelling from ongoing healing, scar tissue etc which was a relief. In hindsight I have notice a lot of ladies think the op has failed a few weeks after op but fortunately it seems that it usually not the case. Hope all is healing well.
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      Hi Redhead,

      Thanks so much for the response.  It is terrible when you are worried about something when it is not fully healed.  I will try to stay calm and get through the next few weeks until I see the DR again.  It is so nice to be able to chat with other women who understand.  I have found the surgery and recovery to be more intense pain and discomfort than I had anticipated.  I'm a worrier anyway and need to rest and trust my Dr.  He is very good at what he does.  Thanks again.  I will post how things go!

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    Hi Lyn, I saw my consultant on Monday and she confirmed I now have an anterior prolapse. The good news is that despite straining the posterior repair has held, she said the stitches are still present but the repair feels good. I have physio on 4th Jan to see how the repair is and the plan for the anterior problem. There was definitely swelling the for me but if you're at all worried get into your consultant.

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