Recovery from Prolapsed Bladder Surgery

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I am scheduled to have corrective surgery for a prolapsed bladder and rectum.  I was wondering if anyone has had this type of surgery and what can I expect with recovery?  Thanks!

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    Hi Shelly

    I am on day 19 post anterior & posterior prolapse repair & perineum reconstruction. It's major gynaecological surgery so you must be prepared for a long recovery time. Keep reading this forum - I have found it invaluable -the ladies on it are so supportive & informative. I was given very little information either by my surgeon or the hospital so came home on day 3 feeling very vulnerable & bewildered - not a nice feeling! You will feel very tired & rather uncomfortable but the main thing is not to lift ANYTHING more than a litre in a kettle for at least 6 weeks, to rest as much as possible, to listen to your body & to accept as much help as you possibly can for as long as you can. I've also been told not to drive for 6 weeks & to be honest I really wouldn't want to at the moment.Also to start gentle pelvic floor exercises as soon as you feel able - I didn't for 12 days! Good luck with your op. My best wishes - Carol x

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    It's very very common surgery performed all day everyday everywhere. It's just not talked about between family & friends generally. It's major surgery. Hopefully your having it done by a Urogynaecologist, not just Gynaecologist? Sometimes pelvic floor excercises aren't permitted initially. So you need to ask your own Surgeon while still in hospital if he recommends them, & if so, when to start? Everybodies repairs vary hugely & only your own Surgeon knows what he has to cut to repair yours. Some cases you could do damage if you start them too early. Mine wasn't allowed till 6wk check was done, then he referred me to a Urogynae specialist PT. You can't base what your to do by what others did, other than just the general stuff. There's a South Tees link under resources up top of here that's got useful info. Also the amount you can lift is only ONE CUP of water in the kettle, not a litre. One cup is because they are taking the kettle weight into the equation too. All the best. 

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      Robyn how do I find the South Tees info? I can't see Resources at the top of the page. The info that the physio dept sent me (eventually!) said I mustn't  lift more than 1 litre in a kettle - conflicting advice!! Carol

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    Hi, I'm 10 weeks post-op, pretty much everything Carolmarie said. It's really hard, apparently some women find it easier than others, but the biggest thing to remember is the pain will get better, make sure you keep your stool loose so you don't strain, don't put a time schedule on your recovery and don't feel guilty for needing help and being tired. There are going to be so many things that the doctors don't tell you about, if you don't find it on here, ask, someone will tell you if it's normal or how they made it through. Ice the first couple of days, then heat. God love heat!

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    Hi shelley,

    I had Anterior and posterior pelvic floor repair done about 28 months ago.

    The anterior was repeat surgery as it failed first time round. I had that done with hysterectomy 3 years before last surgery.

    Like everyone else my experience was much the same not told clearly that I should rest or when I how much housework I can gradually do. Anyway first one lasted 2 1/2 to 3 years then failed gad been building up extra shifts at work and they were putting me on my feet more and more.

    Been so very careful this time. Do nothing for 2 weeks then very slowly build up strength start with 2 x 5 min walks increasing to 2x2oin walks by six weeks same with weight bearing no more than 500ml to start and build up to a litre. Light dusting from around 3/4 weeks.

    Really just a matter of listening to your body and not overdoing it . You may feel great and that you can do a lot more but don't be fooled it's so important to rest for 3 months as much as possible while body is healing.

    Please see my earlier postings, I posted regularly ever week/month to say hos I was doing.

    (7 weeks post op...)

    Good luck and take care,

    Phyl x

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    Does anyone know if I can go up the stairs after surgery to my bedroom?  Are you okay to climb a set of stairs one time?
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      Hi, I asked my urogynae surgeon this question in hospital and was told stairs are fine, but best to start just one at a time which I have done. I am 5.5 weeks post anterior cystocele repair. May
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    I got up the stairs when I arrived home and then stayed there for weeks! You will need to take it very easy and rest as much as possible. I could not sit for any length of time as I had a sacrophineas stitch into my buttock so needed to sit half lying in my bed most of the time and had a little walk to the bathroom every now and then. If they don't give you a decent stool softener try and get GP to give you Laxido as it works much better-good luck and hope you recover quickly

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