I have a rectocele and cystocele repair in three days..

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I went to my pre op apointment and the doctor told me " there is really no pain" I want to know what others think of this comment. Everything that I have read and watched paints a completey diferant story. Being positive is one this, but I feel she should have told me the whole truth. I'm scared to death. Advise????

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    Totally untrue! Read all the previous posts and you'll see that just is not the case
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    I cannot believe any specialist or consultant would state that this surgery is not associated with pain or discomfort as this is simply not true.

    some women do tend to sail through with minimal problems but others like myself sadly don't.

    I have been unlucky in encountering problems with my bladder not working since my surgery 4.5 weeks ago thus still have a catheter but recognise from speaking to many that thus only happens to a small percentage of women in the scheme of things.

    the main thing I can share is that for 48 hours after surgery is uncomfortable. you should definitely opt to take pain medication during that period as i found it very difficult to get to sleep in any one position without pain unless I took the pain med which included morphine only the day after surgery. the vaginal pack removal was slightly uncomfortable bug no huge pain for me as was the catheter removal but the catheter had to go back almost immediately as bladder was not working

    re bowel movement I would also try if possible to open bowels prior to surgery and also take movicol after surgery as it will really help you to have a bowel movement.

    it is uncomfortable bit the pain is manageable and will ease off after first few days and also after first bowel movement post surgery.

    hope that goes done way to help. you will be fine. thinking of you and hope all goes well.

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      no problem .. sorry re all the typos I just read my message back. I typed the note on my new samsung which I am still struggling to get used to with this predictive text tool.

      In all honesty pain wasnt a major problem for me atall. my complications centre around the bladder but I would definitely opt to take movicol atleast twice a day following surgery and I also took a psyllium husk tablet each morning too (I take these daily aswell).  Apart from being stuck without a bowel movement for four days initially (as I hadnt gone for two days prior to surgery out of sheer anxiety I think) bowels do regulate soon after normally.

      All good wishes to you for a painfree procedure and very quick healing x

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    hi i had my repairs yesterday was scared to death as well but there is pain but it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be! but first night and as long as i didnt wiggle to much i was ok,

    of course everyone is different, and differant pain thresholds!

    they had me mobile this afternoon and its sore!! i am waiting for pain relief now and its main the bum area thats giving me most pain, but it is tender and it is sore!!

    silly docter!

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    Hi Andrea I had a lot of pain first few days , first night very bad no sleep what so ever, but wen u think what has been done u r bound to get pain, I had both a@p repair , but after few days it's gets much better then just discomfort I have no regrets the results have been anazing
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    I think that any surgery involves some pain. The unknown is scary and stress/anxiety does increase pain and make it less tolerable. Could you contact your physician and ask to discuss pain management strategies so that you enter this less fearful? Have you had a surgery before, if so what wotked for you then?
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    Pain is inevitable following most surgery and especially pelvic floor surgery. Your bowel and bladder are handled and there's obviously sutures in place. Pelvic floor pain is slightly different to a hysterectomy for instance in that the pain can sometimes get worse at around 3-6 weeks when the sutures start to pull before they eventually dissolve. Sutures dissolve anything from 4-12 weeks so you have to be prepared for the discomfort to continue for some time. Women have a lot of nerves and ligaments in the pelvic area so you are always going to have some pain. The reason why a lot of women don't feel a lot of pain when they wake up from surgery and for a day or so afterwards is because of the analgesia given in theatre which is given intravenously. Make sure you're discharged with plenty of pain relief and stool softener..........you'll need it.
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