Bleeding after hysterectomy and anterior/posterior repair surgery 5 1/2 months post-op

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Hello, I am 5 1/2 months post-op after a hysterectomy and anterior/posterior repair surgery for uterine, rectocele, and cystocele prolapses (age 38, 4 births, youngest child just turned 1). At 3 months post-op, I started bleeding and was diagnosed with granules that were treated with silver nitrate and cleared up. Two weeks ago I was cleaning (no vacuuming) and hosting a joint party for 4 of our kids with April birthdays (yikes!) and started bleeding again. That cleared up in a day. Feeling overly confident, I started doing four exercises with 5lb weights (squats, incline presses, upright rows, bent-over under grip rows) and 12 lunges without weights.  I did these two days ago (without lunges) and for the second time today (with lunges). Today I started bleeding again and sore. Has anyone else experienced bleeding after starting to become more active? I’m wondering if this is still granules or if something else is wrong. This ultra slow recovery is so frustrating. My quality of life has been hit hard. 

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    Well i have not bleed, but yes the recovery is so slow!! And frustrating!! I'm 11 weeks in.. Had bladder lift, prolapse vagina and bowel repair,

    If i stand to long it feels like the bladder has dropped.. The doctor says no..so don't know!! Just want to get back to normal!!!

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    Hi Anne, 

         Maybe best to get referral to a physiotherapist who is specialised in pelvic floor condition before doing any high impact exercise. They will be able to advise you on what you can do safely and what to avoid. If you pelvic floor has failed (which it has otherwise you wouldn't have needed repair surgery) it means your pelvic floor is weakened and this usually means you will always have to be careful.

    Good luck but please be careful x 

                     I was warned not to put any down pressure on my repairs as they will fail.

          

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      Hi phyl,

      I hope your doing well. Will we ever stop thinking of vagina and our pelvic floor😁. I'm now paranoid and hope it's not me for life.. Very frustrating isn't it. Hugs to youx

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      Hi Welshgirl,

             I'm ok but very restricted, had a bad day at work recently and front wall bulging out again. 

               Changed one of my contract shifts to make sure I get a good supporting shift which has made a difference. But damage had been done and now restricted even more.

                 Started from scratch after three weeks resting between shifts (bulge went down a bit but not completely); so building activity back up again. 

                       Had to do a shopping trip for teenager (Rachael is going to Paris on school trip). My older daughter Lindsey took us in the car and helped out; I went in every 2nd shop and sat on benches every other. We did stop a couple of times for lunch break and an ice cream stop. 

                   Still finding that once I hit the 2-3 hours I'm in so much pain and can hardly make it back to car. I don't think it's anything I've done at home but mainly a combination of being on my feet too long at work and bad seating with no support. 

                When I think back to how careful I was and how well I was doing before returning to work and even how much I was able to do and compare with now it's so frustrating.

                             Unfortunately must keep going just now at least while I can and until my hubby is fully recovered and able to put in more hours at work. 

                  It's one thing protecting repairs at home but quite another situation at work.

                      Anyway enough of me, I hope you are doing well and making progress with recovery.

                     Looking back I now think that we just have to learn to accept that our lifestyles will never be completely the same and we have to make adjustments and find new ways to stay fit and healthy while protecting repairs.

                              It's great that we are now  heading towards summer and warmer months hopefully will get some long dry summer days and be able to get out for walks even if it's lots of short walks. 

                 I am going to try organise referral back to physiotherapist to see what I can do to keep fit as I definitely can't cycle any more and although still swimming now and again it really hurts my scar tissue.

                    Now wonder looking back if having both front and back repair done at same time should not have returned to swimming as early as 7/8 week post op, or returning to work as early as 12 weeks, maybe didn't give enough healing time before starting to stretch around the vulva area, the stitches come right down to perinium at back end and they really pulled things up tight at front end. 

                      Anyway whats done is done and having to live with consequence of that. 

                                     Take care, x

                 

                             

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    Hi Anne

    Firstly I don't think I could do all that exercise after hysterectomy at 5 months. I'm 3 months post op and my consultant told me to stay away from exercise that caused downward pressure on the repairs. Too be honest I think you have over done it.

    Please go back to your consultant to get checked over to be safe hun.

    We are still healing up to 12 months inside so please take care of yourself. You are a busy mum that still needs to rest when you can. Keep me updated lovexx

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    Hi Anne,

    I didn't have the hysterectomy, so I can't relate exactly with your situation, but a peek at the internet did lead me to reports of bleeding from granulation many months after that surgery. There were also some other (far less likely) causes for bleeding that would require a gyno visit to detect, so you'd best get on in there and get the dreaded exam. Sorry, I know it sucks recovering from all this, especially with little ones that need you. My 2-year-old wouldn't look at me or speak to me for two weeks after my surgery because I wouldn't pick him up and I've missed a few events at my daughter's school that were a disappointment to us both. All I can say is that we have to believe it will worthwhile in the long run. 

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    Hi

    I just wanted to ask if you had seen a pelvic physio? I’m seeing a specialist who charges £70 a pop 😫😫😫 BUT she’s brilliant and even one session was valuable. I saw her before my op (I am 3 weeks post rectocele and massive perineal reconstruction) as I always have done body pump and weights and she told me that I should never do squats or lunges ever..... I’m not saying thats why you are bleeding but she told me the stance of having your legs open and squatting down puts the highest level of pressure on your pelvic floor and isn’t suitable for anyone with weak tissues. I’m so gutted and can’t imagine never doing that again but I’m going to see her again in 4 weeks so will see what she says. Hope you are ok, I’m only 31 so I know what you mean about it being tough and all in all a little depressing!  x 

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