Anterior vaginal wall repair

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New to this site and 1st time posting after reading other questions.

I had the above surgery on the 28th September so 11 dpo. I had a pack in for 24 hours and then a catheter for a further 24 hours and then sent home 3 days after op.

I had some bleeding at 1st but this almost went away after 7 dpo. Now suddenly for the past 2 days the bleeding has got redder and more frequent to the stage I am changing pads frequently and can hear drips when I go to the toilet (sorry tmi). The pain is getting worse and earlier had palpitations (my normal resting hr =77 but was upto 93)

I've tried to look at the repair with a mirror and it seems low and I can see a lot of stitches.

Anybody else suffered with this?

I know it's not period blood as I had an emergency hysterectomy when I delivered my twins last year. Trying to rest as much as possible but not got any help some days and I have 3 children 2 and under.

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    Bleeding inceases about 10 days days post (I am 21/2 weeks post). Not sure about the pain, for me, my pain increased if I walked too much because I had a sacrospinas ligament fixation and that got worse after the first week and then settled down once I rested for a few days.
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    Lou, my advice to you is to be seen as soon as possible by your surgeon. I also needed packing after my repair due to excessive bleeding in surgery snd after. It is not normal to have to change pads frequently or have the blood dripping in the toilet. In my case the doctor snipped a blood vessel. You are the only patient, except myself who I read,who had the need for packing. You need s blood test to check how much blood you have lost. The concern is if the blood is bright red. If it is brown or grey or pink that is to be expected, but still shouldn't cause you to change your pad frequently. Hopefully it is just s matter of overdoing it, especially with care of your little ones. I urge you to call your doctor as soon as possible. Take it easy and follow all the restrictions. It is very important. x

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      The surgeon told me before the op he would use a pack for 24 hours as standard. I do bruise a lot after at the injection sites and there was some blood after the catheter came out.

      At the time I asked the nurse to check and she aid it was a normal amount of loss.

      By mid week the bleeding was turning light pink and seemed to be slowing down.

      But now it's dark red and constant. Problem is its the weekend so cannot speak to my surgeon.

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    I also had a pack after my op which was removed next day but very little bleeding after that. I'm now nearly 5 weeks post op. Think you need to see doctor or surgeon asap to see what's happening.

    Good luck

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      I can't get hold of my surgeon and the registrar on call at the hospital just said go to an A&E if I think it's too much blood loss. They wouldn't give me any guidance re amount to be concerned about 😲

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    There is no way you should be on your own looking after three little ones at this stage, and for several weeks.

    Please tell me that isn't what you meant when you said you had no help.

    What you had was major surgery, and at this stage you should be doing nothing more than resting, and the odd bit of walking in the house.

    You will really damage your repair if you do too much, and that could be why you are bleeding.

    It takes months to recover from this. You need a lot of support, and see your gp asap.

     

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      My husband is away during the day and due to his job was only allowed the first 5 days post op off. I then had help for 3 out of the next 5 days and then husband home at weekend.

      Next week I only have support 1 day out of the 5. I have no family near me and friends who normally help are away all week 😔

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      Is there any way you could get in touch with social services,and get some help?

      You really must not lift the children as your repair could fail, and it would be awful for you to have it done again.

      Can a member of your family come and stay?

      You poor girl, how on earth are you going to cope,I really feel for you.x.

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      I have a lady from home start who is helping me as much as possible but is only available for 1 day this week.

      I've had a bit of a break down in front of my husband over it and he really sees how much I'm struggling. So we are asking around family and he is speaking to work to get me support this week and then my friend is back next week so will have support me then.

      I am going to ring the hospital for advice and see what they say now. My husband wants me to ring 111 if I don't get anywhere aseptic is now worried about the bleeding.

      I think it brings bad memories back as I had emergency surgery last year after I lost 6 ltrs of blood after giving birth

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      Please Let us know how you go on. I bled a lot after the first two weeks, think I did too much, also had a pack in after op.

      It's taken me ages to get over it and still not right after six months.

      Your husband needs to be worried enough to do something about child care,you will end up back in hospital, how will you all cope then?

      The things us women go through, the hysterectomy will have made your pelvic floor weak, chilbirth has a lot to answer for.

      If you start to bleed any heavier, ring 999. 

       

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      Childbirth certainly has. My pelvic floor was nearly non existent after having the twins naturally and then being rushed to surgery. I couldn't exercise then after the birth and was never seen by a physio or given any proper advice. So I believe all this resulted in the prolapse.

      I've rang my hospital who have left a message for my surgeon but the registrar just said if I think it's too much go to A&E otherwise they don't know when someone will ring me back.

      I tried to get out of them what they meant by too much but they just said it's what you think 😲😲

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      Hopefully it will ease off, get your feet up and rest as much as possible, but don't take any risks if it gets heavier.x.

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      I've got my mum on standby overnight if I need her to help out and my husband has arranged for tomorrow off.

      I'm going to just lay down now and do as little as possible then ring my surgeons office again in the morning. I will make sure someone sees me tomorrow and not be fobbed off.

      I just know if I go to A&E they will just monitor me then say I need to see my surgeon which is at a different hospital.

      Nobody really tells you how bad these things are. It is made to sound like a small routine operation. But then afterwards your told it's a major op and the recovery is hard and lengthy x

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      It is hard, I'm glad you've got someone to help out.

      It's an emotional operation and recovery is dependant on the rest you take.

      No one told me how painful and slow the recovery would be, and my children are grown up. I don't have three babies.

      A+E are so busy, and you really need to talk to someone who is a specialist, and knows what's going on.

      With a lot of rest, it may just ease off on it's own.

      Look at the pinned post at the top of the page, the teeside advice, it will give you more information.

      Matron, who's just left the forum wrote that, and it's really helpful.

      I wish she was still here, she would tell you what you should do.

      Take it easy,and have a good night.x.

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      After a lot of phone calls this morning I eventually saw my gyne/surgeon this afternoon. I had an examination and he found that the wound had opened up as the stitches had come away too soon. I have an infection and the bleeding caused by the operation open wound.

      I'm now on antibiotics for 7 days and then got to go back and see him a week on Friday to discuss the next course of action. It is more than likely I will need to go back to theatre to be stitched up again but they cannot so anything until the infection gone

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      Well at least you know what the bleeding was now.

      It's not great news, but the antibiotics should deal with it.

      Back to theatre, oh what a shame, try not to worry too much, it's good you went to see him, you need to get rid of the infection, hope the exam wasn't too painful.

      So it's definitely a lot of rest now, and after you're stitched again.

      It must be difficult with the babies.

      Keep us informed, and I hope everything goes well from now on.x.

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