Posterior pelvic floor repair

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hi, I'm 4 weeks post op and doing ok, but see that most discussions are mainly anterior & posterior ops, so guess I got off quite lightly. I stopped bleeding after about 12 days, but still have to wear a panty liner as have a slight discharge/leak, not sure what it is but wonder if it could be wee, to be blunt! Have 6 week check up shortly so guess I can mention to the consultant then.

in terms of bowel movement I've been taking lactolose, fybogel and eating prunes! Is this an overload as so worried about constipation and being back to square one! 

Also, am I overdoing it, as I have done a bit of ironing and cooking this past few days, but hubby has been doing all the heavy stuff and I couldn't have managed without him!

dreading going back to work next week, as although job not manual, I'll be sat down all day, whereas at the moment I'll lay down if things feel uncomfortable!

any tips/ideas or things I should or shouldn't be doing?

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    Hi Sue. You should probably delay return to work until you've asked the surgeon if it's ok to do so! Most people on here suggest about 3 months post op and that's what I did. You need to rest, feet up when possible to help the healing process. I'm sure you don't want to undo all the surgeon's work and have to go through it all again! Take it easy while you can. Best wishes, Ellie UK rolleyes
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      Definitely don't want to have op again! Maybe I will see if I can speak to GP and see what he says! Stitches not yet dissolved either, is this normal? X
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    What surgery did you have sue?
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      Hi Matron, I had posterior repair, as my vaginal wall was bulging into my bowel, which was causing issues with bowel movements.
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    Sue, I remember my surgeon telling me the bleeding turns to a creamy discharge that then gets lighter and lighter in amount, so I'd guess this is what you're getting still.  Regarding the bowel side of things, if the regime you're using is working for you and not making you too loose, I'd stick with it.  If you're getting looser, then reduce it, but you don't want to be straining, so I wouldn't rush to change what you're doing unless it's causing a problem.  I wouldn't do ironing for too long - maybe just short sessions but plenty of rest still and yes, the cooking - again a little with no heavy lifting and not standing for too long.  It sounds as though you're doing really well.  I'd check with your surgeon about going back to work though:-)
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    Sorry sue I misread your post I've just noticed you had a posterior repair. The post  instructions are the same whether you have one, two or three repairs.
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      That's a hard question to answer because it varies from one lady to another. It's anything from about 3 weeks to 3 months!! Most of the time you won't know if they've dissolved but occasionally you will find the odd one in your underwear, in the shower or in the toilet.
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      Yes, my surgeon told me I could keep finding them for months:-)  I had a complete panic a few days after the op when I found some blue thread on the bed and thought it was stitches dropping out too quickly until I realised I'd put a new nightdress on - yes, it was blue, and yes, it had the odd loose thread around:-)  Phew!
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      Hehe that's funny re. nightdress thread in bed. I am 6wks 2 days post anterior repair with TOT sling & Ive had 1st few pieces of stitch on liner past few days.
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      It's always nice when the stitches can be seen coming out and you know it's all healing nicely so they're not needed anymore:-))))
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