think my prolapse has come back

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I had my Anterior prolapse repair done in December 2015. Had problems after with damage to vaginal entrance nerves.

For the past few weeks I have felt like my prolapse is back to a degree. Can feel a slight bulging when I wipe myself, also have the urge to wee even after I have just been to the toilet.

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    Hi Barbara,

    Sorry to hear you are worried about return of prolapse, I sincerely hope you are wrong and that all is well. If you are worried make appt.. with your GP just to put you'd mind at rest.

    We're you referred to a physiotherapists after your surgery as they are worth their weight in gold. They can check to make sure you are doing you'd pelvic floor exercises correctly and if their are any weeknesses will give you advise.

    If you do have a slight prolapse again you nay beBke to prevent it getting any worse!

    Hooe you get this sorted and get some peace of mind.

    Phyl x?💖

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    Hi Barbara. I have the same problem, I had a rectocele repair done vaginally back in 2014 & tbh it has never felt right down there since. Since June 2016 I have this awful heavy, dragging feeling right from when I get up & by the end of the day its so painful its stopping me living a normal life, I can't garden or vacuum the house I cant believe its happened again. I take Dulcoease softner one a day to prevent constipation so I know I have done all I'm suppose to. What's worse is I don't want more surgery so I looking at having a pessery ring fitted, do you or anyone on here know or had experience of them? It is messing my life up I start a new job on September 5th & at 62 I'm lucky to have got it. God bless.

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      Hi Colleen,

      Sincerely have empathy for you. I used a ring pessary before having a hysterectomy and anterior repair. They have different kinds, some stay in for 6 months and others are flexible you can fit yourself and remove at night if you wish. Once they get the right size it can be effective.

      I had problems getting right size and the clinic was difficult to reach as I stay in country and don't drive, but unfortunately still eventually needed surgery. My prolapse was really bad by the time I first got the ring.

      Had to get rerepaired at front and repaired at back more recently as front failed and pulled the posterior end down. I opted for surgery as soon as this time as I felt that the smaller the prolapse the smaller the repair and therfore hoping it will be more successful this time, which I'm sure it is!

      Hope this helps, but best to discuss with urogynacologist who can give you your options!

      Phyl x?💖

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      Hi Coleen. When I was diagnosed with complete uteral vowel and bladder prolapse I was offered a ring pessary to try before sugary. I personally hated it. I had it in for a yr which it had to be changed after 6 mths. I suffered constantly with heavy discharge and I mean heavy. It was like a period. So that in itself gave me no confidence especially when it came to sex. I was told that some woman do suffer from discharge and it's quite common. On the plus side it did help hold everything up a bit. Don't get me wrong it didn't solve the problem. My consultant described it as being like scaffolding. It holds it up but doesn't fix it. I'm the end I opted for surgery as it wasn't helping bowels at all so it had to be done.

      It sounds like you should ask to be referred to a consultant again to be examined again to find out what's what.

      I hope you get sorted.

      Also my issues with ring may not be yours so if they suggest it. Try it. You have nothing to lose.

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      Thank you so much for the advice this is why I am such a fan of this site. I am seeing Gp this week & hopefully gynaecologist soon after. My problem is that I am divorced & support myself & as it is a new job they wont pay me whilst I'm off sick & need to pay rent ect, if it wasn't for this I would go straight for op & get it over with as soon as possible. I am so miserable I just want to get back to normal & out of pain. Thank you again.

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      Surgery isn't always the answer colleen there are other options and your consultant may not think surgery is the answer. You say you're seeing a gynaecologist, I hope that's not the case as they are no longer the experts in prolapse. Ask to see a Urogynaecologist.

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      Really I had no idea, I will definitely ask my Gp about that & other options last time I had it done I wasn't referred to a physio I would try anything to prevent surgery again. After my last operation I was told the skin was tenuous & that they hadn't used any netting. I really hope there is a non surgical way to mend me so I can go for walks with my grandchildren again without stopping as it hurts or being in pain every evening, I'm so fed up with it. Thank you for taking the time to help me.

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      If you know the name of the consultant you're seeing there are ways of checking if he is a Urogynaecologist. Google is a good way and the General Medical Council (GMC) website. If you can't find out that way you can always send me a personal message and I'll check for you. 

      With regard to the netting you mentioned (mesh is often used as well) it's not always necessary. Mesh can only be used by a select number of Urogynaecologists because it's use is closely monitored. 

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      Thank you I will try to find out & if I can't I will take you up on your kind offer. I am often amazed by the kindness of people & I appreciate it so much. God bless.

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      You are welcome colleen and you will find all the ladies on this forum very helpful and supportive. Have you looked on the Genitourinary home page (click on Genitourinary Prolapse at the top of the page)? There's a post with the heading Useful Resource, there you'll find lots of useful up to date  information x

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    Hi. I would make an appt to get checked out but will put your mind a ease.

    Let us know how you get on. X

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    I'd be surprised if your prolapse had returned especially if the surgery was performed by a Urogynaecologist. Have you been lifting anything heavy? The only way you'll know is if you see your GP but if you do have a prolapse ask to be referred to a Urogynaecologist straight away because he/she will advise you on the best course of action eg a specialist urogynaecology physiotherapist.

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      Matron

      My Prolapse came back 2.5 weeks after surgery (confirmed by consultant). Had op in May, can still feel stitches as can my husband (ouch!). Have to see him again in October to discuss whether to go back to surgery. He said my first prolapse was massive and this one is 70% smaller, although I think it has grown since I last saw him. Don't know what to do, don't want to have another op and risk it failing again x

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      caroline I'm so sorry I hadn't realised. I can understand why you don't want to go through surgery again but have they given any indication as to why the surgery has failed? Your consultant may offer to use a different technique or use mesh or porcine skin (if he didn't the first time) so see what he has to say in October but I can only imagine how you must be feeling.  I know the stitches can take up to 16 weeks to dissolve and yours are definitely hanging on which is a nuisance but I've known in some cases they've had to be snipped to remove them when they are so stubborn. It's just something to think about if they continue to cause problems after 16 weeks. 

      I sincerely hope you get this sorted out caroline. Fingers crossed and let us know how you get on in October.

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      Us women certainly go through it don't we. I am terrified of more surgery & equally scared of having ring fitter. I just want it all to go away I am sick of feeling as I want to bear down & the constant dragging pain is horrible. Please let me know how you get on. God bless.

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      No he gave no indication as to why it failed. I am in the uk and had it done privately as my husband has medical insurance through his work.

      He was very flippant after op saying I could return to work after a week and carry on as normal and not to listen to anyone who says you can't lift or carry anything heavy.

      On 6 week check up he had a degree of sympathy and said it wasn't anything I'd done it was his fault that if hadn't worked but again he told me of risks and 80% success rate. Guess I was unlucky. He didn't use any form of mesh just stitches as he believes that mesh causes infection.

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      Your consultant doesn't appear to give the same advice as others do and I'm wondering why. As for the mesh causing an infection, it might if he uses it (although I suspect he isn't one if the Urogynaecologists approved to use it) but definitely not I'm my and many others experience. I had porcine used in my repair because that was 6 years ago but the Urogynaecologists in my health trust are approved to use it now if they feel it's necessary. 

      Choosing the right surgeon is often difficult even when you are a private patient but if you weren't happy you are entitled to a second opinion. 

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