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Hi there, I am due for my bladder repair on 11th April (no hysterectomy).     My surgeon said it would take 3 weeks for recovery........but reading a lot of people's experiences on the forum, it seems this may have been an overstatement?    I am worried because we would be due back in the UK first week in May. We are currently staying with family in South Africa.    I am wondering if I should rebook our flight and cancel the op?    I feel very worried now and anxious.          I guess a forum is mostly for those who need encouragement like myself, advice and help, and this is a lovely forum.     I would love to hear some early success stories right now if possible 😊

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    Hello carole. Only you can make that decision but it's highly unlikely you will be fit to fly in May. It will be uncomfortable sitting for any length of time and there's always a risk of thrombosis following surgery particularly pelvic floor. Bladder repair sometimes has a shorter recovery time and can be less painful but even so it's very early days.
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    I had the bladder Tvt op in 2011 it took 10 weeks convalescing - in that 10 weeks I did more and more but st first I didn't even lift a kettle xx
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    hi , im 28 days post bladder repair , im feeling ok i havent had much pain since my operation but still feel a lot of throbbing if sitting/standing 2 long maybe a long flight might just be 2 much 2 soon x
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    Sorry carole I should have asked this first. Your consultant isn't one of the few who is performing your repair under a local anaesthetic is he? If so recovery time is under 6 weeks.
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      Yes Barbara. I've mentioned it before on this forum. It's a new procedure being used by a very small number of Urogynaecologists (2 are in my area) and it's extremely successful and very popular. My friend is a Urogynaecologist research nurse and she has said they are training more Urogynaecologists to perform the operation. My neighbour had the procedure over a month ago and she is singing it's praises. Within a week she felt "normal" and was driving after 3 weeks. 
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      The lady is given an anaesthetic suppository about an hour before surgery and then local anaesthetic is used to numb the area. 

      Just to add some hospitals I think Guy's in London do all prolapse repairs using local anaesthetic or spinal block.

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      The new procedure is performed on a select number of ladies in my trust. I'm in the North East 
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    I had a bladder repair early December. I would not have felt well enough to travel far by car sitting for more than a couple of hours let alone sitting in a plane for six or more hours.

    Does your Urogyneacologist know you are flying that soon?

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    Hi Carole, I thought I'd reply to your post.I have my ant repair on April 18,the..you must be having the mesh? Hence why yuou have s quicker recovery time. I'm have just stitches for mine no mesh.

    Not looking forward to the long time off work, but I'm determined to look after my repair and rest,rest,rest!! I hope you will let

    know how you are. I s! Age 48,and otherwise fit and healthy.

    Good luck hun.xxxx

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    Hi Carole, think your specialist like mine needs to review waht he tells his patients. Mine had me driving at 2 weeks, back to work at 4. Picking up objects and light housework at 3. I am now almost 5 weeks post op and I have read that you recovery from a bladder repair more quickly but 3 weeks seems too soon to me and I am sure you will get lots of fellow posters telling you the same. 6 weeks seems to be the norm. For myself weks 2-4 where the worst. Although I am phycially exhausted somedays I am starting to do more stuff now and feeling alot better. Please don't go back to doing normal stuff too soon, just listen to your body. I went back to work this monday for half a day and resummed minding my grandchild yesterday - an 1o hour day. The half work day was ok. I had a rest in the afternoon. Minding my grandson way too much I realised as fell asleep the moment I laid on couch. Hubby didn't offer to make tea and I just fell sleep. I slept through from 7 till 7 the next morning. Going to give it another  2 weeks before I try to mind my grandson again and after I have had my post op consult. Please don't feel woriied , anxious or that you aren't normal. We are all different and so are our bodies and the way we recover and cope. Don't cancel the op just take it easy both in SA and the UK and I am sure all will be fine. Just remember there are hundreds if not thouands of ladies who do not post on here. Wishing you a sucessful and not too stressful op and a speedy recovery 
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    Hi Carole, I have just read the other posts on her, especially wonderful Matron advice and her comments about DVT are worth noting. I think you could take pain killers for the discomfort but the DVT needs to be discussed with your consultant. I have a friend who gets this when he flies and he has some injections and meds .. maybe your specialist could prescribe something to help with the flight for both the discomfort and DVT. So sorry to chnage my mind but agree with other posts talk to your specilst and good luck
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