The first week or so after op

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Can anyone tell me how things go the first week after a rectocel and perionoscopy operation, as in sitting walking and walking up stairs etc my op is in 2 weeks xxx thankyou in advance also any tips what to take to hospital have been told will be in for about 4 days due to a blood condition. Thankyou Lynn

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    HI Lynn

    after your op you will be tired and groggy for a few days you shouldn't be in too much pain as you will be given good pain care in hospital.

    when you return home you will be slower than normal and getting about might be restricted, you will be fine using stairs but try to make as few journeys as you can for the first couple of weeks. you might feel sleepy a lot and a few pajama days are to be expected, try not to do anything. even limiting yourself to very light lifting like picking up (half a full kettle) is a must.

    I am 7 months post Rectocele with another procedure done at the same time, im fighting fit and enjoying my recovery. 

    Good luck

    Mik x

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      That's great your fighting fit now mik, thanks for your advice it's very welcome and needed as I am so nervous xxx😉

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      I understand I was the same but honest the most uncomfortable I felt was the pack but not every one is the same. My friend had it done she said she couldn't feel her pack in guess we are all different. X

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      Hi sorry to butt in but may I ask what other procedure did you have done? And most importantly how was sex afterwards? Was everything tightened up?

      Thanks so much

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    hi I'm 7 weeks post op post repair and tot. I had hardly any pain only thing that was uncomfortable was the pack they leave in for 24 hours. I am back to normal now. Hope your op goes well x

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      That is great news and a great comfort donny thankyou I hope I will be the same xx bless you and stay well x
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      Just remember it's major surgery and listen to your body. For the first couple weeks I would drop off in the chair then wake hour later lol but you will soon feel better. I had discharge not blood for approx 3 weeks after but it was ok. I was told I could bath day after my surgery and it was lovely. Get some good books etc and enjoy the rest x

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    Take nighties, no pyjamas, you'll have a catheter in for the first day, and a pack.

    Take wetwipes for your hands for the first couple of days, and wet toilet wipes for the loo, it's more soothing than toilet papet.

    Take some dilute juice, you'll be dehydrated after starving.

    Take some pads and big knickers, you won't want anything tight on.

    Take something like an ipad and charger, you might not be able to concentrate enough to read.

    Take a cushion, or make sure someone brings you one for going home.

    If you want to, take your own pillow, they don't mind and hospital ones are notoriously lumpy.

    Get some wax earplugs for night time sleeping, and make sure they are near you at bedtime.

    Get things ready at home, make sure you have some lactulose in, although they will probably give you some to bring home,you will need it, it's a good idea to start taking it a few days before your op. Don't get constipated whatever you do.

    Be prepared to live in your dressing gown and nightie for a few days at home. Avoid stairs as much as you can.

    Take it really easy, it's major surgery and takes a lot out of you.

     Accept any help that's offered.

    Good luck, hope it all goes well.xxx.

     

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    It's is very unusual. & certainly not the norm to be told to have a bath. Unless you don't have a shower in your house. YOu have stitches & dirty bath water from the rest of your body going in and around is very likely to cause an infection. If another person took baths & escaped infection then they were incredibly lucky. Some Dr's are a bit casual about helping patients to avoid complications whenever possible with flippant advice.

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      I am a nurse on a gynae ward also and we encourage baths so it is the norm and like I said I had no problems at all
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      Your place of work is the exception sorry. I am also a nurse & when Matron was active on here who has worked for many years in Urogynae she said NO baths. She is working behind the scenes on here helping do post-op recommendations. My Private Surgeon said definately no baths and so have girls over & over & over on here in the year I've been member, that NO baths for at least 6wks & then only if had post-op check for assessment on suture healing. Certainly in my 35yrs of Nursing we always encouraged all sutures wherever they are to be kept dry as close to 100% of time!! So very sorry but I bag to differ on your idea and I will stick to my knowledge! Why oh why would anybody Medical encourage dirty bath water to get up into vagina where there are lots of stitches deep into insides just waiting to have infections introduced from getting too wet & soggy with dirty water!!!! Case closed for me!!

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      I know there is some confusion as regard having a bath and to be honest when I had my children I had to be cut and had stitches, a lot with my first but that was in 1979 and we was encouraged to bathe in antiseptic solution which they sent you home with, but we know things change and when anyone has stitches even in leg or hand they are advised to keep dry so I think I may give the bath a skip for quite a few weeks I think. Lucky as I have a walk in shower so will be easier than climbing into a bath. You have all give great advice so thankyou xxx
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      Whatever we will beg to differ. Seen consultant yesterday all healed brilliant no infections whatsoever from the start.
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      Good on you. It is quite different stitched area after episiotomy or tear from childbirth as prolapse repairs are far deeper and further up vag than the usual birthing stitches. I know there are always exceptions here also. We did used to have salt sits 30yrs ago after stitches from giving birth. But those also proved to be infecting wounds as bugs from anus go into water & up vag where they are not welcome. I have never heard good medical advice being given by a Professional to go soak stitches in dirty water from rest of body. If somebody did this after prolapse repairs then they are a tiny exception and just very lucky to escape infection. Why Oh Why would anybody with normal brain want to put themselves at such risk following prolapse repair and maybe end up with failed repair cause of stupidity! WHERE are these medicals trained, what level of training, & what dodgy hospital??????

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