Post op regret....

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I had my post op check up today after a posterior repair in May. All good news, I'm healing well and the repair appears nice a strong, he thinks I shouldn't have any further problems as long as I avoid straining and too much coughing etc. Got the all clear to do any type of exercise which was a relief as I was concerned he'd say i wouldn't be able to play netball again or run but that is not the case.

However, I'm pretty sure my front wall has now gone but he didn't say anything and I stupidly didn't mention it. He examined me and didn't say anything...wondering how if that's because I didn't say it was bothering me? I have a front bulge and a feeling I need to wee a lot but I don have bad stress incontenence, just a little if I jump for example which I think is normal after having kids?? I didn't mention it as I really don't want to go through a similar op again this year but wondering if I should have or would he have said if he was concerned?

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    lisa I can guarantee that if he examined you and found anything abnormal or not where it should be he would have discussed it with you. Please don't worry, your surgery has been successful, get on with the rest of your life as a new woman. 

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    Hi. I was at similar stage early 2016 and kept exercising and lost 10 pounds and then it got way worse and I always felt like I had to go to the bathroom, but couldn't completely eliminate, anyway to make a long story short I ended up having to have surgery this summer.    I had to have anterior and posterior and if I could choose between the two if would definitley be anterior.  So, glad you've already had the other.  I was planning to be in Vegas this fall for a big singing/dancing competition that we'd worked on for over a year, but my Dr. said it could get worse, quickly and that I should have it done as soon as I could.  I just didn't want you to get in the same boat I was in by working out so much that it gets worse.  I would tell the Dr. at some point.  I think if I'd just had the pelvic floor repair I would've recovered much quicker.  Best of luck to you!

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    Hi Lisa. I had same repair in 2014 & was told never do core exercises again & don't get constipated so I take Dulcolax Stool Softner tablets 1 tab 3 times a week they are safe & never give diarrhoea. For the last month I have had pain deep on right side & bulge just inside again, I too don't want more surgery I am seeing my Gp tomorrow to discuss other treatment possibly try a pessery ring but have heard unpleasant things about them. Believe it or not I am a gynae secretary so type up all reports on prolapses. I do know that too much surgery makes the skin more fragile. I can't carry on with this though it will get worse & I can't live a normal life. God bless.

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      Just because one Urogynaecologist tells a patient she can't do certain exercises following a repair doesn't mean it applies to every woman. There are several reasons as to why this is the case the main one being the extent of the repair and the type of sutures used. I want to make this clear because some women think that they'll never be able to excercise again and it's not always the case. The stool softeners you're probably referring to are Dulcoese.

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      Thank you so much for explaining that each case is different & correcting my poor secretarial spelling. It is much appreciated.

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      You can only be guided by your experience from working with your consultant (which must be very interesting) and there's nothing wrong with your spelling. Dulcolax make Dulcoese. I still take it 6 years after my repair and find it really good especially following a rectocele repair, I still worry about constipation and straining.

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    Sorry lisa I meant to add that it is normal to have some urinary problems after having child and it could be that you just need to see a specialist physiotherapist. 
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    Thanks for all your replies, fingers crossed its nothing. I'm going to step up the pelvic floors and see if that helps. I'll go steady on the exercise after done my nothing for three months, I'm hoping age is on my side, I do more cardio that weights which I imagine should be less strenuous on the repair?

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    Dear Lisa

    I know you will be devastated, but try not to have any regrests. Get checked out and assess your options, then get your pelvic floor as strong as possible. Your Consultant advised that Netball was OK, but many Physios who work on the 'front line' with prolpase patients would call this a high impact sport which should be avoided. You must do targeted exercises to strengthen the area to stop re prolpasing (i:3 women will suffer another prolpase). Other 'tweaks' that appear simple will have a real benefit. If you do not change how you do things you will prolpase again because the weak area will always be there. Top tips include - Posture - walk talk, sit up, BBC - Bum at the back of the chair.

    Watch your weight - losing 10% of your body weight will improve the strength of your pelvic floor by 50% says Mark Slack.

    Whilst you are exerisning supplement with Vitamin D - clinically proven to improve results. 

    Check out Aussie Physio Michelle Kenway she has safe exercises for prolpase.

    Download the NHS Squeezy App - to remind you to exercise, because we are all human and it is so easy to forget.

    I hope this helps lisa, keep active. 

    S.

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      Hi Stephanie I wonder if you might be able to advice me, I had rectocele repair 2014 but have another prolapse I'm sure, if I do nothing all day I gave slight right side pain but should I vacuum or walk to shops, sweep garden ect I get bad pain in right side & pushing down pain like heavy dragging pain down below. Would I be ok to do pelvic floor exercises & how do I find out how to do these probably & safely. Thank you.

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      colleen you need to ask your GP for a referral to a specialist physiotherapist who is trained in urogynaecology. Your symptoms probably need an assessment by a Urogynaecologist beforehand. You have to be careful with pelvic floor exercises, they don't always help if you have other symptoms and sometimes you can make things a lot worse. I think there's information on the Genitourinary home page under Useful Resource if I remember correctly.

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      Ive just booked a private appointment with a Urogynaecologist its £190 which I can't afford but I will see him & ask to be transferred back to nhs for treatment under him, I know it can be done but not every consultant or trust allow it. I am just so miserable & fed up with it, no one seems able to sort out what's wrong with me, I have been off since may with these pains now I'm on half pay its a nightmare. My family think I'm becoming a recluse I won't go out as it hurts to walk, stand to long ect. I have lost two first cousins to ovarian cancer & one of their daughter was recently diagnosed with the same at stage 4, she is in her 50's. If they say hystramectomy is needed how will I pay rent & bills. Listen to me I sound like an hysteric & I really am usually a very together lady. Thank you advice its much appreciated.

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      £190 isn't bad for a private appointment and to be honest I don't blame you. You will have at least 30 minutes of his undevided attention so write everything down that worries you and all the questions you need to ask. There's a possibility he will have as part of his (or her) team specialist physiotherapists. Seeing a specialist physio is important because they have undertaken extra training. 

      colleen you are not sounding like "an hysteric", you are a lady concerned about her own health, and rightly so. You don't have to put up with this but I understand bills have to be paid so wait and see what options your Urogynaecologist offers you. Surgery is not always inevitable. xx

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      Just seen GP the rectocele is back but not related to side pain, my Gp has asked me to get CA125 done as a matter of caution & family history. I am going to see the urogyneacologist privately as planned & hopefully I will get sorted out. Thank you for advice.

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      I'm so sorry you have another prolapse but you are going to see an expert.....the Urogynaecologist so see what he says. Have you got your appointment yet? If not you won't have long to wait. Take care and let us know how you get on xx

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