Complication of rectocele surgery

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i hear a " pop" sound before I can have a bowl movement.  3 weeks post op, and it just started happening. It is not gas. The doc told me to call if there is anything coming our of my rectum.  He said that it would "not be good". I also now feel puffy extra tissue around my rectum.

i wonder if that is what he meant?  Matron, if you are online, please respond.  Thank you.  

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    Hello there, I have no medical knowledge or expertise! I don't know what the pop sound would be. but the extra tissue from your rectum - could the doctor be meaning the lining of your rectum is now extruding? Extruding is probably not the right word! I don't know why this would "not be good" - perhaps if it is your rectum thid would be more of a colo-rectal specialist than a uro-gynae specialist thing? Did you talk to or see your surgeon or your GP - sorry I am in the UK and we woul typically see a Gp doctor for general issues then get referred on to a specialist consultant. if you are in another country things may be different!

    When I had my rectocele repair I felt terrible from weeks 3 - 5 - all had failed and I was in general drama queen mode! 7 weeks tomorrow and things are a bit better. Not perfect and I still have doubts but better. I've not had a post op appointment yet so am waiting for that. When do you or can you go back to see your surgeon?

    Hope you get some answers soon.

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      Trizwizz,  I think you are correct about the extrusion of the rectum.  If you read my response to Matron, you will see my history.  I must get an appointment with my surgeon soon, but I think he is on Vacation.  Thankyou so much for your reply.  And God bless you with healing quickly and permanently.  
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    Hello dorothy. I've never been asked that before but I would say it's flatulance or gas as you say. The fact that you're puffy is swelling from the surgery.
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      Thank you Matron, but the pop is definitely not flatulance.  It is a pop of tissue responding to the pressure of the stool passing through the opening at the anus.  If you remember me, I am the woman who had to have a second prolapse surgery within 6 months of the first surgery from the U.S. I am 78 yrs old and I presume my tissues are not stable enough for a successful repair.  I am beside myself with worry.  My post op visit isn't until July 7.  I will call for an earlier appointment, but the surgeon told me to call if I felt something coming out of the rectum. I thought he might be referring to the mesh that the first doctor put in.  I'm miserable, and too old for this, but because of hydronephrosis, I had no alternative.  

      I have have never been warned that kidney problems, though rare, could be a complication of not having the repair done at an earlier age. 

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      Hello dorothy I do remember you. I understand a bit better now when you describe it as the tissue popping. You are going to be beside yourself with worry if you don't speak to your consultant and he's obviously given you open access to him so speak to him as soon as you can however I'm sure it won't be anything to worry about. He really needs to examine you.
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      Thank you, Matron. I will call tomorrow, but I think he is in Mexico.  Do you think I could wait a week to see him, or should I ask for another doctor to see me sooner?
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      You could always ring his secretary because he will probably have someone covering for him. It may be a Senior Registrar who will be highly qualified. At least someone may be able to put your mind at rest and he did say to contact him. Let us know how you get on dorothy, I'll be very interested to hear the outcome.
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    Hi Dorothy! I've been wondering how were you doing after surgery... I'm glad to hear from you again... Please let us know what the consultant that is covering your dr says about the extra tissue you are feeling. I hope he/she can examine you and give you an answer/solution... Hugs honey 😘
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      Hello Hijadeonagro,  thank you for thinking of me.  I do have an appointment with the surgeon on Friday, the 10th. To see what this extra tissue means.

      Also, I read yesterday a website that says not to stand or SIT for more than a half hour at a time during the first 2 weeks post op.  I was never told that, and I sat for hours at a time on my soft couch, during the first two weeks.  I wonder if I hurt myself.  Now I am more worried.  Can you, or Matron, or anyone respond to this, please!

      I thank God for the good advice and support from you, Hijade, Matron, and all.  I keep you in my prayers.  Hugsxx. Dorothy

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      The information about standing is correct dorothy. If you're sitting you should have a little walk around the house after an hour though rather than 30 minutes but standing definitely no longer than 30 minutes that's if you could cope standing for that long in the first place. I wouldn't have thought you have done any damage though.
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      Dorothy, I didn't know that either, I was not told anything about not being sitting for long... In fact after my ant repair I was all day from the bed to the coach and I was sitting for a long time, but no damage was made. My dr only said: have repose and dont lift heavy things... Dont worry too much until you see your dr next Friday honey you could be worrying yourself for nothing. Let us know, Dorothy hugss!!!!
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      The main reason for taking short walks is to prevent DVT of which there is more risk following any pelvic floor surgery.
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