Rectocele repair

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hi ladies I am today at week 3 after my surgery and not doing too bad considering first week and a half I was constantly coughing with a chest infection and then the dreaded period came last week.  This week it just feels swollen but bearable but I am having daily walks and only doing light jobs around the house.  My question is for those a few weeks down the line.  Before surgery I did dancing a little jogging and low impact step aerobics three times a week.  I know the running was not good so stopped that last year as I could not hold my bladder.  I don't actually have a bladder prolapse it's just weakened and the gyno said I need to sort my pelvic floor kegal exercise out.  Had to use a tena lady 😂 all the time but still with having fibromyalgia I need to excersise because if I don't I stiffen right up.  So what is safe to do? The dance I do is chair burlesque which is not high impact but lots of stretching some sit ups squats occasional as you can imagine 😆 which I love as it give me so much confidence.  The step aerobics is in a low step and at my own pace. The running I have stopped.  I am confused as to when or if I can start dancing and exercise again and what to avoid full stop 🙈 xxxx the PT at the hospital said just walk 😥

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    Hi Amanda,

    Your surgeon should know best a's he/she will no how extensive your repair was.

    Have you been referred to a physiotherapist specialised in urogynocology repairs; they are very good and will help you to strengthen up your pelvic floor and will be able to advise you when you are ready to return to low impact exercise.

    Don't do anything during theses early weeks/months that cause any down pressure on the pelvic floor while it is still healing can take a few months as even longer fir deep tissues to build scar tissue.

    Please be careful,

    Phyllis x💖

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      Thankyou Phyllis I will be good promise 💕 I have an appointment follow up at the end of the month so will question the guy when I see him x I have been given pelvic floor exercises to from physio and they are going to ring me at six week point to see how I am getting on. Hopefully he will give me some more information because I was totally out of it when he visited me after surgery so never got much from him 😳

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    Hi Amanda I'm keen to know as well. I used to run and had to stop although I'm told I can run again when healed. I ask do body balance and I'm hoping I'll be able to start this again. Does anyone know? I do the hab-it DVD which is very good for helping with getting in touch with your pelvic floor

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      I am so confused with it all 😝 but hoping some positive answers will come this direction for us.  I feel that not doing exercise will cause other problems instead so need to get going as soon as I can xx

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      I should be clear when I say exercise I mean after I have had the all clear! Patience is definitely the key but it is very frustrating. I'm only 10 days post op.

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    Please take your time to heal right now. Your doctor should have explained the necessity about not doing too much. Everyone is different in healing but 6 weeks is about when exercises, very light can be tolerated. Lets see what others have to say. Praying for a full and successful recovery.
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    Hi Amanda,

    I am 12 weeks post op from multiple repairs including cystocele and rectocele.  At 8 weeks the surgeon gave me green light to resume all activity.  I am an avid ashtanga yoga practitioner, an intensive style of vinyasa yoga where poses are held for 5 breaths.  There was absolutely no way I could resume that at 8 weeks.  At 12 weeks, I still cannot.  I still experience pain and pressure after a fair amount of housework.  Foward bending to the floor seems to exacerbate repaired area the most.  

    I have learned from women here that it is essential to be patient and listen to not only your doctor, but your own body.  I fully understand your frustration and believe my emotional and physical health is deteriorating from not be able to do what I did pre op.....never mind be able to do more.  I even resorted to being fitted for a new pessary yesterday, hoping the extra support will allow me to be more active without paying such a painful price afterwards.  Along with continuing PT to strengthen pelvic muscles, I also believe the pessary will ultimately be the only thing that will ever let me go close to a squat position again safely.

    You heard it a million times that everyone's body and healing is different.  It's true and you'll just have to be patient and careful as you proceed.  I know surgeons give guidelines in terms of when you can resume activity, but I don't think anyone can give you definitive answers this soon.  Take care of yourself and I wish you the best.

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    Hey there ladies. I'm 11 1/2 weeks post op of a rectocele repair, and this is a very good thread 👍

    I had my post op at 8 1/2 weeks and at no point were any limitations put in place. Im a cleaner which is quite physical & involves quite heavy lifting. My family GP told me at 7 weeks post op I shouldn't undo the work that's been repaired. But I have doubts 😞 I have a treadmill at home, which I used quite a lot to keep weight down and help with other illnesses I have, but now, I'm afraid to use it.

    What's the answer people, or does it depend on the individual? I think we're all in the boat, trying to find answers.

    Big hugs ladies and safe recovery to all xx

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    So I guess it's taking a sensible approach 🙈 and slowly slowly building it up after my next check up.  I think I will just do this is stages...get myself back to work at the 6 week stage by walking back to a bit of fitness and then give myself a few weeks to make sure I don't over do things at work.  I am going in holiday in ten weeks 13 week stage of recovery so I guess that's another step...4 hour flight and the bedroom 💕🙈 unless I get brave before in the bedroom dept 😁 then I think I will wait until I get back before I even attempt exercise of any kind...God scary xx hugs everybody 

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      Just as you say Amanda , slowly, a little at a time and see how your body copes.

      Take care and I'm sure you will enjoy your holiday.

      Phyllis x💖

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      Quite right Amanda. One step, one day at a time and definitely listen to your body! The doctors give you guidlines, it's up to you to know whether it's ok for you yet. Try one thing you want to resume and if it's ok practice a while and then try the next item on your list, prioratise your activities and build up slowly as you said yourself. Best wishes, Poll x rolleyes

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