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Hello, some of you may know that I had a posterior repair last April that did not fail as such but reoccurred lower down. After re-reeferral by the GP and visits, tests, joint colo-rectal'urogynae clinics. pelvic physio. Saw the urogynae surgeon in May who said "You've had enough, come in in July, we need to get this done sooner rather than later."
So in on the 3rd July. I did agree that they could do another posterior repair if they felt it necessary otherwise it was just for the perinorraphy. I did think that I may have ended up with another posterior repair. Woke up after surgery and had just had the perinorraphy. She said that as soon as she went in she could see the problem which I was pleased about in a strange way - as I've been going on for this last year since the last repair that things weren't right - so pleased that she felt there was a problem. ?She signed me off for 4 weeks - originally she said 2 - 3 weeks, the pre-op nurse said 6 weeks. Recovery has been ok. I was not sure I would ever wear trousers again and sex is still something I can't even think about - though that has been banned for 6 weeks anyway! The first week I found it much more comfortable to wear no knickers - it was the very hot weather and the sweat plus general 'drips' was not good. Felt like I was wiping myself with sandpaper after going to the loo - suoer sensitive and sore - I was on twice or 3 x daily baths - I checked and they were allowed. Just this last few days I can tell things are healing better and I am not so sensitive and sore.
?Sitting an standing were an issue in the early days - semi prone on the sofa with legs slightly apart to let air round in commando style was best. I had very little bleeding - only a spot on the first day so that was good as didn't have to wear pads.
?I did go to the GP after two weeks to ask if I could go back to work on a graduated return - there were a couple of visits I would have liked to have done - not involving lifting etc. He catagorically refused to let me go back. His words were "No, no, no and no again. It's not just the lifting for you it's also the getting up and down off the floor. If you rip this lot of stitches there's not a surgeon who can repair you so no, no ,no. Lift nothing over 10kg for 6 months." So I was well and truly told.
?Then last weekend had my son, daughter in law and child down - in a tent in the garden (!) and it was a bit much. (DIL was down the whole week - but staying at her sister's - the sister's husband was ill and she was down to help with work. We had our grandson in the evenings - while they were working. Then at the weekend they were at ours.) Also went out on Monday night for a colleagues retirement and that was a bit too far. The sitting upright and, although I was very careful over the weekend, just did a bit much. So by the time I got home Monday night I was whacked out. Had a couple of very quiet days last week. Went into the town on Friday, walked for about an hour and had enough so came home. Feeling better now - think I can see the light and things will get better!
?I am going to be very, very careful though, back to work next week, then have leave for a week. Summer is a bit easier for work - not as pressured but still plenty to do! But I cannot risk another repair. Starting to feel good about this one. I was prescribed movicol and lactulose for 10 days post op. The colorectal surgeon said to take dulcolax everyday anyway when I saw him. I have taken some - probably about every other day to make sure things keep moving! I am careful that my diet has lots of water and veg and fruit in it so never normally a problem but don't want to risk anything.
?This repair was not as bad as the last one, the recovery time is less, but need to be just as careful. I have a post op appointment on October 3rd - she said she wanted to give plenty of time to heal and see if things were really better - a post op at 6 weeks would only tell her if the wound had healed well not if the issues had been sorted. I haven't really had a feel around as don't want to touch healing tissues. Sometimes I have felt a bulge - daren't look or press around - but certainly no obstructive defecation which was why they agreed to the op as it was interfering with my life too much.
So we shall see.
?Although I have had to go back I am still pleased I had both repairs done - if they now work it will make life better. Recovery is certainly a long haul - the GP said six months and he is right - the last repair took that long really.
?Hoping for a restful last week before returning to work - though the bricklayers are in today! Still as I was in a tent in the garden - major building work - till the Friday before my op on the Monday things are better. (the builder was under oath to get me a bedroom back before I came out of hospital!) Trouble is I keep looking at the disaster that is my house and wanting to get things done - being back at work will be easier as I won't have to look at the mess around me!!
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