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Hi. I am 38 years old and was experiencing major prolapse issues since my last childs' birth 3 years ago. My dr told me I had cystocele and rectocele. He suggested removing the uterus (kept tubes and ovaries). Well, my surgery was just this past Friday Oct 7th, just 4 days ago. The surgery was extensive, once he got in there they had more work than they had anticipated, and I was under for almost 4.5 hours. They tied up my bladder, used a mesh at rectum, /'d removed the uterus. I haven't even had my post-op appt yet so I haven't even gotten the full details of what was done from my dr. He gave the basic rundown to my husband when I was in recovery but not the full details.
I am very newly post-op so I have soooo many questions and concerns, most of which will dissolve as time passes and certain concerns diminish or disappear as I recover each day, but here are some of my major questions to you who have been through this:
-did you gain any weight while in recovery? This is very important to me. I have always been very physically fit and rather slim, and extremely active. All of a sudden sitting/laying around for weeks and then not being able to exercise frankly scares me to death! (By the way, my dr says that the reason my prolapse occurred, or happened as quickly with me being rather young for this, is because I am so active and all of the heavy lifting and activities I do caused it to prolapse quicker and to such an extreme...so I am REALLY looking forward to being back to normal with everything tucked up high and tight for the rest of my lifetime, and not hindering my physical ability any longer!)
-this extreme bloat!? My whole midsection which was rather slim is extended to almost double the size I was. I look like I'm about 6 months pregnant! I'm swollen in my legs and feet, face, neck, hands, fingers, etc. I know a lot of this has to do with the anesthetic as well as the inflammation from surgery. How long before it goes away?
- what is a good gauge for how much I should be laying, sitting, standing, and walking in these early days & weeks. Today I stood/ walked around putting away light weight things for over 2 hours at one time- but there were other small walks/ standing too-(shuffling papers, putting away some light laundry, etc) and felt really tired and sore afterward so I'm scared of tearing something up or not healing something. I know I'm not supposed to do any of that just yet, but how harmful is it really? I go very slow and only lift light light things. I just cannot sit still when I see something that needs done.
-how well did your incisions heal and how quickly? (I had the robotic/ laparoscopic surgery, so 5 tiny incisions)
-what's your honest opinion about getting back to working out? I was hoping to start lightly working out again beginning of November but maybe that is wishful thinking?
We have a trip planned for Nov 18 which is exactly 6 weeks from the surgery. It's only a 4-day trip to Boston, -'d we'll be flying, but it will involve a lot of walking and such.
Thanks so much for reading this, all responses are appreciated!
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