Disappointed rectocele surgery

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I had a vaginal rectocele surgery in may this year . and since the surgery I have had nothing but problems with my bladder, I can’t hold onto my pee any longer and I have to pee at least 4 times a night .... I never had these problems before my surgery so this is so so disappointing !!!

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    Hi Denylady,

            Things should hopefully improve with a little time.

                       Have you seen a physiotherapist specialised in pelvic floor conditions; they can help you to make sure you are doing your pelvic floor exercises properly. 

                       I had a second lot of repairs done and now about 2 and half years post op and I still don't empty bladder properly so have too get up after a pee and while holding pelvic floor up have a little walk about or a hip roll as if using a holla hoop then sit back down and I always still have a little pee. It makes a big difference and less likely to dribble later when walking about.

                  It's early days yet and your body has had a shock due to surgery and now need to give it time to strengthen up.

               Good luck x

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    Hi there

    Don't despair I think it's all a part of the healing process. I had rectocele cystocele repair on May 1st. After op I had catheter in catheter out and had lots of problems with my bladder. I've been seeing a pelvic floor physio for 2 months now as I still drip after urinating and take ages to empty my bladder. Try and find a good physio and get ur pelvic floor in shape. Just know ur not alone. It's not a matter of going into hospital and hey presto ur all fixed!

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      Hi Denylady, in my last message to you i failed to mention that I had to change my fluids completely, I no longer drink caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or anything with saccharine, the first two are know to make you pee more as for the saccharine I'm not sure but I know that it doesn't agree with me, I have the bulk of my fluids early part of the day and try not to have big drinks after 7pm this works for me, I've tried so many things over the years, caffeinated drinks I know really irritate my bladder, but as I said it's what works for you.

      I hope this is of some help to you.

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      Thanks for your advice ..... I’m off to the doctors Tomoz as I’m up all night peeing plus getting aches and pains in kidney area as well as immune problems so for a lot going on so so depressing ... there’s me excited about retiring  and now always sick 😢😢

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      Hi Denylady, yes I think it's a good idea seeing a Doctor,sounds like you might have a bit of urinary tract infection, bless you, I know that it can be frustrating and depressing, unfortunately it does take time, and with me a lot of adjustment, but no two operations are the same, people heal differently, it's taken me a long time to to get to where I am, you will get there, good luck at the Doctors, and the time will come for you to enjoy your retirement.

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      Great joy I’m  Getting a lot of pressure feeling now and when sitting the bottom of my spine  aches and developed some

      Painful looking scar tissue ... it’s all so depressing so back to doctors again ... all that surgery a year ago I have been through and I feel in a worse mess now then before

      My surgery !!

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    Hi Denylady sorry your having problems with your bladder, unfortunately it does take time after surgery for your bladder to regain strength,pelvic floor exercises are a definite must, I myself was put on medication from the hospital specialist for a while, just while I was healing from a lot of surgery, I took them for about six months, but still did my pelvic floor exercises, unfortunately as I said, it does take time and a lot of patience, it is frustrating, if you are worried or finding it hard to cope with,have a chat with your practice nurse, you will find them very sympathetic and understanding, no two people are the same and different things work for different people, please don't get stressed over this as I said if your concerned speak to a professional. I do hope I've helped to put your mind at ease.

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    Hi Denylady

    I had anterior & posterior repair and ssf at the end of december. No good news i'm afraid. Rectocele never went and although I didn't have any cystocele (grade 2) symptoms before op I often feel like i need to go now. Have been doing pfe's but they havent helped and just make me want to wee more! I don't really want more surgery. I've never understood how tightening the vaginal passage can make a rectocele disappear - surely the 'pouch' is still there and can still press on the posterior wall in exactly same way when it's full even if the wall gets stronger? Sorry not to bear better news - I wonder how succesful these ops actually are!

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      Hi Lizzie

            We use to have a Matron on here who was involved in research she worked within urogynocologist. 

                  Matron always said that only a small number of these surgeries fail and those of us with problems tend to seek out this site so it may look like their are a lot of failures but that is not the case.

                I personally feel that the failures are due to lack of information during post op weeks/months but hopefully they have corrected this situation and I base that on my own experience having had 2 lots of surgery where they give very general advice that is not specific enough being that we allcan have different experiences  x

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      Hi phyl. Yes i appreciate that its going to be the op 'failures' who join groups. I had little or no advice when I left hospital. Was told to do pfe's straight away even though I had a catheter for 2 weeks! Luckily got advice from online group! I had no follow up appointment (nhs Somerset urogyn- no-one does!) so made myself appointment at 3 months with a womens health gyno but she didnt even do an internal exam. I said the pfes made me want to wee so her advice was stop doing them and try again 'in a while'. I hope they'll help eventually : )

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      Hi Lizzie,

              If I mins right im sure some ladies have muscles too tight to do PFE; I suppose that's again the shock of the surgery can cause muscles to spasm. 

                   They were often advised to learn to relax properly first before attempting them. 

                       Their use to be post op advuse including a physio section on PFE pinned at the top of the urogynicology form page. Under the emmus section x

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