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I am scheduled to have surgery in two weeks for reclocele prolapse.  I've read some of your posts and still am in the dark on somethings.  After surgery it sounds like I will have inner packing and a catherier.  How long is the catherier in for and when is the packing removed? How does one walk with the catherier and since I'm assuiming it's still in place when going home, what is there to look for so there is no infection?   Besides rest, no lifting, and no straining, what else did you have to do?  I have read no sitting or standing for more than 2 hrs at a time.  Is it uncomfortable to sit?  I am hearing 6 to 8 weeks recovery time.  Is there bledding afterwards, for how long, and isn't wearing a pad uncomfortable?  I have a pre-op with a nurse tomorrow and will probably get some information, but I'm new on this and any information you can give would be appreciated.  Thanks!

 

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    Usually packaging and catheter out first thing morning after op. In NZ we stay in hospital first night. Sometimes longer until you are hopefully passing urine properly. A few go home with a catheter if unable to pass urine. This scenario might be more common with cystocoele (anterior bladder) repair. You don't get out of bed here between surgery & removal of packing & catheter next morning. The only reason you would need to get up is to pee but catheter takes care of that. Anybody can walk normally when a catheter is in. Yes I had a little bleeding. Only few days and getting less and less from outset. A lot also depends on what Grade prolapse you have and that means how extensive the repair will be. Everybody probably varies a bit and lots have other repairs at same time too. Maybe even hysterectomy at same time. So you can't go in always expecting what others have experienced unless you know exactly the extent of their surgery. Our bodies will all vary in our responses to each surgery also. Your Urogynaecology Specialist will be best to advise you as he/she knows the extent of your repair. Which also goes for the Nurse you will see pre-op. All the best anyway. I'm rapt with my anterior repair 3mths ago.
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    I'm in same situation as you. Going in for TOT and rectocele repair in two week. Was with surgeon yesterday. Vag pack and catather remover 24 hours after surgery. He said some bleeding but will feel more comfortable after that. First few days very sore but expects me to be feeling ok after a week or so. Just rest and no lifting and no driving for 4 weeks.

    I was terrified after reading lots of posts here but have decided to take each day as it comes. Everyone heals differently.

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      Thanks for your information.  I believe a positive attitude is a must and it sounds like you are on that same page.  Mine is scheduled for 2/24 and it sounds like yours is around that time.  Good luck!

       

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      Thanks Judi. Yes I'm in on the 24th too. Best foot forward and hope for the best. Perhaps we can keep in touch and swap notes as we go along.

      Best of luck to you also.

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      So glad someone else finds lots of posts on this forum terrifying. I too am going to take things one day at a time and stay postive. My op is this Thurday and as I text as far as I know there isn't a pre op with a nurse. I have so many questions but can't get through to the area of the hosptal I need to get them answered. I rang and left a message there solution.. text me with admit time and fast instructions..that can't  be it? Have they said if they will shave you? All the best
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    I had my surgery a week ago and the vaginal pack and catheter was removed the following morning at 7am! It's not painful to remove you are then able to get out of bed and walk to the bathroom.Your urine will be measured against input and bladder scans done after voiding to check .that you are not retaining too much urine.You will probably be offered stool softener to avoid constipation too. It definitely helps !

    Like you I read everything prior to admission and although there is a lot of helpful information, you do worry that some things that others experience will happen to you. I was advised by my anaethetist to keep the level of painkillers up even if you felt you didn't necessarily need them, as being pain free helps recovery. I was also given a causal block which numbs the pelvic area prior to surgery, but when I was under the anaesthetic, so when I woke up I had no pain until 18 hours after surgery.

    Good luck !

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      PS : That should read ' Caudal ' block !

      Also try and drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruit and Veg. ....

      I also avoided codeine, morphine and Tramadol because of the side effects and stuck to paracetamol & Ibuprofen.

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      Thanks for your input.  I'm meeting with the surgeon again next Wed., and surgery one week after....

       

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    I'm having the same surgery as you in a months time I was told catheter in place for 24hr also. I'm worried about the no lifting and how long I have to do this for as I don't want the surgery to fail but have a 9month old and work to go back to. I am only in my 20s and very active reading a lot of stuff online it seems I will have to stop most excercise and any lifting for the rest of my life!
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      A 9 month child and not lifting sounds like a real challenge...Hang in there!!!  The posts I've read really tone in on the no lifting part, and it seems like for a long time. 
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    Hi I had the same surgery on the 22nd Dec..I was in for one night.when I got into my room I had a drip on I had a catheter bag on.and oxegen..,I felt find a little discomfort but ok,the nurse came in a lot to see of i was ok..give any pain relief,,they did my obs every 4 hours blood pressure etc.i was given pain relief about 9sh morphine ready for when the anacestic wore off and an injection in my tummy to prevent dvt the nurse took my pack out at 6 in the morning and my bag,it was a bit strange.ferling,,I didn't have any bleeding just a few spots..I was given pain killers to take home.just make sure you rest because that is essthe key..but I'm on the mend..I go to see my consultant 19th can't wait.good luck you will be fine 😘
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      ps make sure you eat plenty of fruit and veg to stop you getting constipated and sorry keep your poo soft lol x
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      Thanks for your information.  Why is rest so important?  I'm scheduled for same day release which is interesting, but we shall see.  Glad you are on the mend.
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      Hi because it makes you really tired..I also went a little walk every day..I started driving at 6 weeks but you really do need to take it easy. good luck 😊
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