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Prolapse surgery

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LovelessH Wed 16-Nov-16 21:53:01

I have a serious Virginal Prolaspe. Although I am not in any pain or discomfort I have been told I need a operation to correct it. I am very nervous about it, has anyone had one? Was it as bad as my mind is making it out to be? Was there any side effects? Advice and experiences please

Outnumb3red Wed 16-Nov-16 22:32:18

I'm having a pelvic floor repair in the New Year, also interested to hear of others experiences.

I've never been under a general anaesthetic before and it is making me nervous

TryingtobePrepared Wed 16-Nov-16 23:55:22

Me too although don't have a date yet, I've found a really good fb group pelvic organ prolapse support loads of women there with experience and advice.

LovelessH Thu 17-Nov-16 11:29:11

Thank you I have requested to join

Alwayschanging1 Thu 17-Nov-16 16:34:37

I had prolapse surgery a while ago and it was no problem. I was fine with the general anaesthetic, some pain/discomfort in the first 24 hours but nothing too bad (could still sleep), and just a few days in hospital. As ops go, I think it is one of the less painful.
Don't worry about it - you will feel so much better after the op.

LovelessH Thu 17-Nov-16 17:08:56

How long did it take to recover?

pklme Thu 17-Nov-16 18:11:57

I opted for spinal block.
Six weeks not driving.
A couple of weeks sitting about doing very little (don't lift anything heavier than a cup of tea).

Worst bit- the first poo. Awful. Make sure you have and take things like flax etc, so it doesn't get bad.

Afterward, if you do the wrong things the repair will potentially fail. I have badly controlled asthma and undid half the good work with prolonged coughing.

Still worth it though, some of the problems are almost entirely resolved, and I feel better about things.

Greenteandchives Thu 17-Nov-16 18:22:22

Here a search on here for the 'Any Old Prolapse....'threads. There are about 8 threads I think. Plenty of experiences to read about, and some supportive ladies on there.
Be prepared for a long recovery and make sure you have help and support at home. Not much pain, just discomfort.
It will be worth it.

BeyondTheHarpy Thu 17-Nov-16 18:27:52

I potentially have mine on the weekend. I am shitting myself about it (those poor surgeons grin ) and about being in hospital in general.

Hopefully I'll be up to giving you some running commentary while I'm in. smile

LovelessH Thu 17-Nov-16 20:03:43

Thank you, would love to hear your experience beyondtheharpy.
I have a prolapse on the front and rear wall of my viginia. It is bad I have stress incontinence and No strength in my pelvic floor. The consultant was shocked at how poor it is. I may need surgery to correct this as well. All this happened because I couldn't feel anything during labour and pushed when I shouldn't.

Cervicalworries Fri 18-Nov-16 08:49:54

Focus on how much better you will feel afterwards. It is one of those surgeries where there a huge benefits, very quickly. I've not had much surgery, but it was doddle compared to a section.

Outnumb3red Fri 18-Nov-16 09:10:02

In relation to the no lifting things. I have a young baby who'll be 7 1/2 months when I have my op. I can't avoid lifting him sad

pklme Fri 18-Nov-16 09:41:16

Outnumbered you must. You need to get support in, you will not be able to lift him. You cannot lift a laundry basket, squat, anything that puts pressure on pelvic floor. Physio will advise. When I went back to choir a few weeks after mine, I found that singing is hard on the pelvic floor, too!

I waited quite a while for mine because I couldn't make arrangements to manage the resting time.

BeyondTheHarpy Fri 18-Nov-16 10:01:18

No problem loveless. Mine is anterior and posterior too (and yep, I am incontinent), however afaik they are only operating on the rectocele as the cystocele isn't too bad.

Weirdly, my pelvic floor itself is apparently quite strong. But I have EDS, so I have dodgy tissues.

Just going shopping now for hospital stuff smile

Outnumb3red Fri 18-Nov-16 10:13:52

How long is the resting time?

pklme Fri 18-Nov-16 18:05:40

It's six weeks before you drive, or lift anything heavier than a kettle. Longer than that to fully heal- no moving furniture or carrying heavy bags.

I know it sounds awful... There's so real pain though. The pain killers helped initially, then you heal up quite quickly. It's just that the muscles need time to knit together.

Outnumb3red Fri 18-Nov-16 19:55:41

Wow, didn't realise the recovery was so long and that I couldn't drive. Consultant never mentioned any of this when I saw him on Monday. He obviously knows that I have a small baby. Mine isn't my womb that's prolapsed if that makes any difference. Mine is quite low down as he thinks its related to tearing I had in labour. My next app is 20th Dec. I'll need to go over all this with them

pklme Fri 18-Nov-16 20:23:54

Mine was a rectocele (rear prolapse). Maybe it isn't so serious.

BeyondTheHarpy Sat 19-Nov-16 11:58:39

Hello! Posting from my hospital bed, waiting to go down for surgery. They're said they might do anterior while they're in there too smile

LovelessH Sat 19-Nov-16 18:26:46

BeyondThe Harpy, hope all when well? Wishing a speedy recovery

BeyondTheHarpy Sat 19-Nov-16 18:47:56

I'm alive!! On the ward - vag is packed and I have a catheter in, but as they gave morphine while I was under, I can't really feel it yet. smile

LovelessH Sat 19-Nov-16 19:37:41

Good to hear! Rest now I guess

BeyondTheHarpy Sun 20-Nov-16 10:26:58

Vag was unpacked and catheter taken out first thing this morning, I have both peed and taken a shower. On top of my usual painkillers, I have only had paracetamol. I keep waiting for it to affect me, but honestly - compared to labour it has been a doddle!!

There are women in the ward with me who are poorly and in pain, and I feel bad that I've had an operation and I'm fine!

sadie9 Sun 20-Nov-16 10:53:38

That's great Beyond - however please, please go very slow with your recovery. Remember - go slow now, to go fast later. So take all the advice, spend the entire first week on the sofa if you can and don't push yourself to recover too fast. Treat yourself with kid gloves and get back on that sofa as much as you can.
You may not feel those stitches internally, but they need time, peace and quiet to bed down and heal up if they are to last another few decades or a lifetime hopefully. Best of luck with it.

BeyondTheHarpy Sun 20-Nov-16 12:04:10

Will do, I appreciate all of the tips btw! smile

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