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I am having TOT and Anterior repair on 14th September and I am terrified. I have never had surgery before. I have read all the information leaflets I have been given and thought that joining a forum and hearing other ladies stories might reassure me slightly.

Any advice would be greatly received. Thankyou x

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    Hi Debbie! I am 9 weeks post op from anterior repair. The surgery itself wasn't bad and I took Tylenol & Ibuprofen, both for about 3 weeks. I had no bleeding or spotting after about day 16. The best advice I can give you is to do what they tell you, don't do too much, even though you feel okay. It takes plenty of time and rest to heal, and there will be many days that you feel you can do things, even what they say not to...but do yourself a favor and take it easy. When you overdo it, it may take days to get back to where you were. You may feel great for a few days, then horrible, but this will pass, it's all part of the process of healing. Do NOT do pelvic floor exercises until your doctor tells you to. My doctor said I could NOT do them until I was completely healed. Hoping I get the okay at my 10 week postop appointment next week. To me, the time has gone by fairly quickly.

    Take care of yourself and you will do great!

    God Bless!

    Trish

     

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    Hi Debbieann,

    I am 8 weeks post anterior (bladder prolapse) and posterior repair plus hysterectomy.  I would check the posts on the "6 weeks after posterior/anterior prolapse & bladder repair surgery - an update and reflection" forum.  There are many of us who have been through this and despite some post-op issues, I have not seen one person who regrets having the surgery.  At 71, I in fact was terrified I would be deemed too old to have this surgery but mercifully I have kept in good shape over the years and I had it all fixed - yea.  For some of us, there are no problems.  For others, it's no picnic.  We all heal differently.  I would say go for it and just make sure you ask your doctor whether something is right for YOU.  I joined the forum I referred you to a few days after surgery.  It saved my sanity.  They will not tell you of "possible" problems post-op because not everyone has problems.  But the forums are a good place to ask - I know it saved my sanity!  I would have gone crazy because everything that went wrong always did so in the evening or on a Friday night.

    We are here to support each other but always defer to the doctors - do what they tell you to (no matter how well you think you feel) and all will be well.

    Good luck.  Let us know how you fare out.

    Nickie

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    Hi Debbie

    I have a long history of Previous vaginal prolapse problems but my very first operaton was an Anterior repair. I had this doen at northwik park. I did not have any problems with it and they used my own skin and not any tape. The stitches took a good while to dissolve and I had a superpubic catheter which helped me as the normal catheters I find painful. The only real problem i had was getting my bladder to work again but after persistence it did. I was sore for a few weeks but pain relief did help. This repair lasted quite a few years. iIhave also had in 2007 a Posterior and Colphorry operation with a Collagen mesh and this was agony. I personally do not agree with mesh of any kind. I was off work for a year. There are a lot of reports on the TV and internet from women who have had TOT mesh. A lot of women have had problems. You and the surgeon need to sit down together to address these issues and is the surgeon specialised in using tapes? Good to have this discussion about the pros and cons. Take time to ask as many questions as you can. Where are you due to have your surgery?

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      Hi Angela Thankyou for the advice. I am having it done at North Devon District hospital in Barnstaple North Devon. I am having the mesh and not tape as wasn't given the option. It's not the pain that scares me as I have had 5 children its The actual thought of surgery and someone cutting me

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    Hi ladies

    i am now 8 days post op and doing really well. Surgery was fine and I was home the same day. I haven't had any pain what so ever and only had minimal bleeding which stopped after 2 days. Fed up sitting around not doing much...soooo want to get the Hoover out. 

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      Oh, don't get the Hoover out! I believe I was 3 weeks postop from anterior repair when I got mine out...vacuumed the first floor of our house which is all hardwood- no carpet. Didn't feel too bad while doing it, but I paid for it for several days! You use muscles you never knew you had...let someone else get the Hoover out, it's not worth it. I had a really rough 3-4 weeks postop and I'm guessing that had something to do with it. Felt like everything was falling out again. 

      Take it easy. I know it's hard when you're feeling okay, but your body needs the rest to heal properly.

      Good luck & God Bless.

      Trish

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