Recent sacrospinal fixation, hysteropexy and posterior repair anyone had similar recently?

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hi there. Am just over three weeks post op (16th December). nearly three years ago I had anterior repair which failed (prior to that has hysteroscopy as problems with bleeding etc), and prolapse uterus worsened to grade 3plus. Having put operation off the prolapse ended up impacting on bm, bladder and causing discharge and odour worsening last year.

After much consultation the only viable option (I didn't wish to have hysterectomy at my age) was using mesh to support uterus from outside, and tie it with permanent suture to sacrum. Then a posterior repair was performed. I was advised an open proceedure was best for me. Surgery took around 4 hours do was extensive.

I was discharged 2 days after and was only taking paracetamol or ibuprofen twice a day but nothing now. Sleep still disturbed but bladder seems to be working better (not having to go in night) Too early to tell what else.

Has anyone had similar? Interested in how the stomach scar heals (is like a caesarean) as stomach still numb above scar. I am 42 and not overweigh, but likely eating more atm and started swimming yesterday. Stomach pretty large still. In last 24hrs seem to be getting some clear discharge, pretty sure not wee. Can anyone help by telling me about their recovery? Thanks

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    hi Helen

    I was advised by my Urogynacologist that no swimming or exercise till at least 6 weeks and all stitches healed.

    slso you are at risk of infection if yiu still have stitches.

    all you should be doing is resting. just try to rest as much as yiu CSN till 6 wks mark as yiu have had a lot of surgery

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      Thanks Welshgirl

      Can I ask please did you have similar and are you a similar age? I was reasonably fit before (though mostly walking last few weeks prior to op) but nothing like fitness levels had before when running half and full marathons!

      My notes, which are the consultant's advice after repair, say swimming fine when discharge stopped. I now seem to have given myself cystitis, third time in a month when I haven't had it for over 5 years. Think because I had two long baths and my trousers are tight.

      Also now seem to have stress incontinence which never had. I read a side effect can be that putting things back in right place may release pressure on urethra and cause it, hoping it will go.

      thanks again

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      hi

      I am older than yiu . I was 48 when I had my first anterior repair however the recovery us all the same.

      I am very fit ,very slim and really look after myself. yes you must adhere to your con advice but my consultant told me no swimming till at 8 weeks as the water is a fest for infection with other people swimming in it.li was told no baths till all stitches has dissolved and no perfume shower gels or bath foam.

      I'm thinking your swimming and tight trousers may if had a contribution to your UTI so my advice us to where loose fitting till your recovery is over and cotton pants also.

      I had another repair and hyster inn2018 and I've had no issues or infectikn9.

      I started swimming at 12 weeks to avoid straining my newly healed tissues.

      these repairs you need to prevent in the long run any strain on yiur floor.

      I've no incontinence issues before ir after but yes I've heard the urethra could kink before OP and leave yiu with leakage.

      pelvuc floor exercises is a life long must after healing sll done.

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      Thanks again. I sound less fit than you, I am not currently thin tho been size 8 when exercising more.

      I haven't properly swum for year and it was v busy when I went Friday. My body isn't v good at fighting bugs.

      Asked gp for advice and they saw me and found blood in urine. On antibiotics now and will leave swimming and baths for a while. I was too hasty for my body, shame as felt really good until Friday.

      Probably doesn't help as I have been wearing pads a lot as op discharge then period week and half after.

      Good to know all ok for you. Can I ask why did you need a second repair?

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      I have no idea why my first one failed as I rested for 6 wks. I dud have a different consultant who used a different technique with one long stitch.

      my new proff Urogynacologist is old school and used a different technique the old fashioned way I think.

      these repairs dint last forever and will need to redoing if needed but all we can do is our best.

      take care hunx

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