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Hi I am now 11 weeks post op and am now in second week back at work it is going well part time and am still taking things easy, girls I need your help I am going back to see the surgeon in 2 weeks and she told me when I had my posterior repair I need a hysterectomy and anterior repair I live in the UK but Keep reading all sorts of different info about the mesh repair has anyone else had it? Is it safe there seem to be lots of conflicting info on this, any thoughts thanks

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    Hi lesley. It's good to hear you are now back to work. The mesh is banned in Scotland but not England or Wales but as it's a trial that some, not all gynaecologists are taking part in you do have the right to refuse. They can't use the mesh without asking your permission and if you refuse they will do the operation the good old fashioned way.
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      Thanks Matron I will certainly be asking a lot of questions as it does seem there are problems with the mesh will keep you informed
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      Yes there have been lots of problems particularly in the USA. When they banned it in Scotland I really thought they would in England as well. The company who are coordinating the research have been heavily criticised for rewarding the consultants who can persuade the most women to take part in the trial with lavish rewards. A gynaecologist in my area got taken to Brazil along with other consultants. They were also given laptops. A spokesman for the Department of Health remarked that it was on the lines of a reward on a game show. Doctors are not supposed to accept such expensive rewards from companies. It certainly makes you think are they doing it for the right reasons?
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    Hi Lesley, Matron is correct about the mesh. Sounds like your doctor is very anxious to do more surgery on you. Have you had a second opinion about this? If not you should consider getting a second opinion. A hysterectomy is not something you want to have unless it is absolutely necessary, especially if you are not in menopause yet. I hope you do some serious research and  get a second opinion before you proceed.

                                                                          Lynn

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      Hi Lynn I am 59 so past menopause but the first op has left me feeling so much worse and things have definitely dropped I now haveback ache and dragging feeling which I didn,t have before the posterior prolapse op, so feel another op will be the only option, unless any onr has any other ideas

      Les 

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    HI Lesley

    Good advice has been given and I think the ladies are right ask as many questions as you can possibly think of and it is your right to ask for a second opinion if you feel the need.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on

    x

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    I had anterior repair at same time as hysterectomy aug 13 this was without mesh! went back in aug 14 for anterior repair with mesh, as prolapse returned after first op, so i woud 100pc recommend mesh 
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    Hello Lesley,

    Sorry I can't advise re mesh for uterine prolapse.

    Hope all goes well whatever you decide.

    Some specialists are more familiar with that supportive surgery than others.

    Do hope someone can advise for anal discomfort.

    Prior to surgery.

    Did any  ladies have discomfort in the anal area primarily worse when sitting and lying down. Better when standing.

    I do not have prolapse pain at end of day which I believe to be common with uterine prolapse.

    I have weak anal muscles with some faecal incontenance. as well as much flactulance which at times can be very embarrassing.

    My womb is at the entrance of my vagina bladder down and lining of bowel too.

    Have been told that uterine surgery may not help anal end and I may need another surgery.

    Apparently banding of haemorrhoids may help me but may interfere with my continence. I do not have constipation or bleeding. However banding of haemorrhoids may help. 

    A pudendal nerve block has been mentioned as a diagnostic procedure to decipher what is from prolapse and what may be from a trapped nerve in my bottom.

    Just wondering if there are any other ladies out there primarily with anal discomfort.

    Hope all goes well Lesley whatever you decide.

    For me this is all so confusing.

    Although all rather late I am trying to do some pelvic/anal exercises for my muscles prior to any surgeries to see if this helps.

    I have discomfort in my anus when doing them though.

    Apparently a pessary which I tried but came out would be an idea again this time getting the right pessary. This may indicate if uterine surgery would help.

    Lesley has anyone spoken about a pessary for you.

    Have been told it is advisable to use a cream for the tissues prior to use of pessary.

    Any other ladies primarily with anal discomfort.

    Sandra

     

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      Hi Sandra I will ask about the pessary I had no pain before the surgery and am now constantly aching so feel worse than before the surgery feeling very disappointed as I can feel as though prolapse is still there. You sound as though you may have two different problems, have you got surgery soon
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      Hi Lesley,

      I believe you have had this posterior repair. I'm sure it will just take time to get better.

      I have managed to see a few gynaecologists and a few colorectal surgeons.

      I have uterine prolapse, surgery has been recomended. However no certainty if my anal end will be helped if I have this surgery.

      In fact i have a large anterior vaginal wall prolapse, (cystocele) bladder prolapsed. However no bladder leakage, and no prolapse discomfort at end of day. So one gynaecologist is undecided that the discomfort in anus is from uterine prolapse. He said he needed confirmation from another gynaecologist prior to any surgery.

      I could have a uterine prolapse surgery and still have problems with my anal end.

      So it makes sense to have a pessary fitted to lift up the womb as a trial to see if this gives any relief for my anal end. If it does then uterine surgery will help. If not then uterine surgery would be of no bdnefit.

      So I could of had a uterine surgery done months back but decided to wait for now and try some exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and anal

      Area.

      This part of our anatomy is rather delicate and difficult to analyse.

      Good to get different opinions.

      Sandra

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