Worrying about having anterior repair!

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I had a successful posterior repair January 2016 . Whilst on the ward awaiting surgery there was a girl from school having the same repair .

She's just had the anterior repair done in February plus a TVT by our sane surgeon but this time regrets it as do far she feels worse . She also said at her check up her previous posterior repair is now slackening off .

I'm so worried now I'm at a loss with no hope . The surgeon we both had is a urogyn and my posterior repair is still ok I think but I'm so worried if she does my anterior repair I will end up in a mess and worse off like my friend 😕

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    Forgot to add I not been re referred yet as timings not been right but I just don't know what to do . This surgeon I had is supposed to be one of the best in my area xx

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    You say your posterior repair is still OK? So maybe your friend has over done things or, maybe her repair was more extensive to start with. Maybe your ligaments and walls of the pelvic floor are stronger than hers to start with and maybe your job, responsibilities at home have been easier on your recovery. Their are many reasons why a repair may fail and many reasons why maybe yours has been more successful.

    You can't allow other people's experience put you off, it has to be your decision of course and one in which you weigh up the pros and cons and judge if you will have better quality of life before or after. You have managed to protect your posterior repair so far so whatever you are doing or not doing, you are doing it right.

    Take care,

    Phyl x

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      My worry is having an anterior repair and it not working .

      The girl I mentioned has since had an anterior repair by the surgeon who did our first surgery and regrets the anterior repair as she feels worse .

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      I understand your concern but you may have a more positive experience. Try not to worry too much, I'm sure once you decide what to do it will be the right decision for you!

      X

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      Thank you . Forgot to say yes my posterior wall still ok .

      I'm just fed up now as I've had 4 years of this at the age of 34 now . My poor kids I never want to run round and play with them. Hate days out as my vagina is all I think about as I'm always aware of it.

      Have you had repairs ?

      X

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      Hi Mum2girls,

      Yes, had hysterectomy and anterior repairs 4 years ago, then 1 year ago had anterior redone along with posterior repair.

      First time I opted for surgery as prolapse was so advance I had no quality of life and could barely go out for short shopping trip. Second time my concern was posterior incontinence and was really worried about that at work and being able to access toilet in time.

      It's not something that improves over time and my experience was that the first time round was not completely aware of importance of rest in early months, stitching came out when pack was taken out out and was left with a kink in my bowel which I think was due to using the ring pessary before surgery. It completely failed around 2nd half year post op due to being put on my feet at work for long shifts.

      This time round has been more positive in early months, but had problems with scar tissue again due to being left on my feet at work for long periods. But using topical cream form of estriol which has thickened up my interior walls allowing my repair to take better.

      I have a much better repair this time but will always have to be protective of my repair and been told to avoid any down pressure. I am still a bit restricted in my lifestyle choices but at least have a resonable quality of life. My employers do try to come and go a bit and have been a but better since scar tissue problem, which is much better but only because I restrict the length of time on my feet and only do shorter shifts.

      I am older and been through the menopause - still hot flushing as I kept my ovaries - bu ligaments are much weaker and walks thining so very pleased that my repairs are holding up thus time.

      It is frustrating with regards to family I have one teenager left at home and like you say can't always participate fully in things, can't enjoy long shopping trips, often have to get one of her older siblings to take her out. Can't help much with younger grandchildren, although hopefully as they get older will be able to enjoy their company.

      You are much younger and will be stronger than me and your ability to heal better should help. If you think your walls and ligaments are weak then ask GP about topical estriol if not already on that hormone.

      Hope this helps some,

      Phyl x💖

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      Thank you phyl . Well I hope these repairs last a long time for you .

      I just wish there was a permanent cure for this frustrating condition .

      I'm constantly told my anterior prolsse is mild but it doesn't feel that way .

      I'm going to get referred back to my urogyn after I've been on holiday to discuss options . X

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    Its 1 yr in July since I had my repairs done. I wish to god of not bothered. although specialist had discharged me all he was concerned about was the incontinence. not the pain I'm in. not the pulling near my bowel. I 're visitors him because it felt strange to find out I've got another vaginal prolapse. he said he will do the only operation he can do and that is to sew me up to my hole been with of a pen. don't think so. I've gone into a deep depression. seen my gp and demanded 2nd opinion. still waiting

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