Failed prolapse repair, only done 4 months ago - when can I have surgery again?

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I had rectocele and enterocele repair in May. My recovery was complicated by a post-op infection 3 weeks after but I was pain-free by 6/7 weeks. About 4-5 weeks ago I started to feel a bulge again and I have found it difficult to get a tampon in straight. I have a GP check in two days and expecting them to confirm another prolapse. I just wondered how soon can you have surgery again? My husband says it is too soon but, if I do need another repair, I definitely want it sorted sooner rather than later

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    I'm sorry to hear the surgery wasn't successful. I too have experience of this, multiple times now. My first op failed within 6weeks and then I had to wait 7-8 months before i had the mesh removed in order to allow for further surgery to be planned. I hope you get this resolved soon. Take care x

    • Posted

      oh man. i think this is happening to

      me. im 5 weeks post op and i feel tremendous pressure and pain and buldging. its not as a bad as pre surgery but when i stick my finger in, i can feel it.

      what were your symptoms, do you remember? im calling my doc tomorrow.

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    your consultant will know best and how long to leave it. yiu must also remember that the more surgery you have the more weakness it will leave.

    after the first surgery yiur chances get lesser if it being a success due to the weakness of the tissues.

    my consultant professor told me this after my second anterior repair.. I will not have another done but continue to strengthen my pelvic floor to help prevent anymore from happening.

    I'm age 51,slim and healthy otherwise.

    please get referred back to your surgeon asap hun.goid luckx

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    HI Rachel

    I have had 3 reconstructions. Prior to the last one 12 months ago they discovered I had torn pelvic floor muscles from the bone due to traumatic forcep births. This meant that no amount of cysto recto etc was ever going to be successful. This situation was discovered via 4D internal ultrasound. There is no surgery as yet performed on torn pelvic floor muscles from the bone (avulsion). Just wondering whether you should pursue this ultrasound before more surgery. I was hopeful but despite experienced urogynae, best recovery , specialist physio opinion it was never going to be successful.

    Also specialist physio said pelvic floor exercise with an avulsion would be of no help .

    I can really understand how despairing you must be feeling.


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    I was a bit similar to this and noticed another bulge after I had already had rectocele op but when I had appointment with surgeon he confirmed that it was from the bladder wall and as it got worse I had a further op two years after the first. That was in january and then after that at check up he has now found that another bulge is appearing . I am leaving it for a while to let my body heal from the last op but it causes a few problems with not emptying bladder fully so I have to be careful in case it causes kidney problems. It is never ending! I hope yours gets sorted out

  • Posted

    Thank you for the replies. I am really surprised it appears to have happened again as i felt the result was good at the time. I am seeing my GP tomorrow so I will let you know what she says.

    • Posted

      have you done any bending or lifting during your recovery hun? or just pure rest.

      sometimes these things happen without an answer. they are risky repairs as there are no guarantees they will last a long time.some dont hold weeks after. it really sucks hunx

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    Just thought i would update you all. My GP said there was no prolapse but referred me back to my consultant (luckily i have private health insurance). I saw her today and she confirmed I have a uterus prolapse which is pressing on my bladder. She has offered laparoscopic repair and recommended this over a hysterectomy so I am going to go ahead and do that.

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      I had uterus prolapse but had vaginal hysterectomy. I was done with menopause and on balance it was the best choice. I know the repair has risks of not lasting long so I choose tvh.

      good luckx

    • Posted

      Hi. I went ahead with Infracoccygeal hysteropexy using mesh back in 2019. The op recovery was worse than my original surgery but overall I'm fine now. It took over a year before I would say I was happy with my physical wellbeing in my pelvic area. The only symptom I'm left with now is a weak bladder but I think that would be the case anyway after childbirth, with or without having had prolapse in the mix. I am sure there is still some level of prolapse there but I have come to live with it and don't feel bad enough at all to warrant another surgery.

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