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Dr. Michael Hulse
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Rectocele (Definition)

An outpouching of the rectum into the wall of the vagina due to a weakness in the tissue wall separating ...Read more


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Can you tell me about rectocele surgery?

Can you tell me about rectocele surgery?

Two general methods: Rectocele is basically a hernia of the rectal wall into the vagina. Many women have no symptoms from rectocele and do not need repair. Symptomatic rectocele can be repaired with sutures but comes back frequently. It can also be repaired with mesh. This technique may not come back as often but can have other complications. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an rectocele surgery?

What the surgeon say: Your surgeon will give you all the information both pre / post op. Ask all your questions up front and be informed ...Read more

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What is the recovery like after surgery to correct a rectocele?

Relatively short: You should discuss the planned procedure and post-op care with your surgeon. Generally, a rectocele (posterior) repair recovery time is relatively short. You should be up and walking the day after surgery. You may experience some vaginal and rectal discomfort and pressure. You may be back to relatively normal activities except for heavy lifting and sexual activity within a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain after hemorroid and rectocele repair surgery?

Depends: Hemorrhoid surgery and rectocele surgery are different surgeries and each have several options available. Would be best to have the specific surgery you are considering to provide an accurate answer. For example, an exicisional hemorrhoidectomy can be a very painful procedure. ...Read more

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When should a patient agree to surgery for a rectocele? How successful is this operation?

When should a patient agree to surgery for a rectocele? How successful is this operation?

Symptoms bothersome: Mild rectocele may not cause any symptoms and often unnoticed, but severe cases can cause much discomfort, trouble with bm, pressure, sensation of incomplete bm, and in some cases with severe. Rectocele is generally not a dangerous condition, so surgical treatment is only needed if symptoms are bothersome and conservative treatments not adequate. Talk to your doc/surgeon about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having outpt surgery this week for a huge rectocele. Should I be worried? Is it safe?

I am having outpt surgery this week for a huge rectocele. Should I be worried? Is it safe?

Yes: A rectocoele is essentially a hernia. There is a weakness in the area between your vagina and rectum called the rectovaginal fascia. To repair this, the fascia is cut, and the fascia and underlying muscles (levator ani muscles) are sewn together to strenghten the weakness in the fascia. Although it is not quite the same, you can think of it as a large episiotomy repair. ...Read more

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Is rectocele surgery usually outpatient surgery or does it usually require a hospital stay?

Is rectocele surgery usually outpatient surgery or does it usually require a hospital stay?

Here are some...: Pursing less invasion and shorter hospital stay is a constantly evolving trend, but at the end, the degree of less stay still reflects the magnitude and complexity of surgery, the professional proficiency, confidence, and ethics, and the overall health and coping ability of patients. Hence, please ask your upcoming surgeon to assess the balance between being nice & being able and ethical. Best... ...Read more

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Had mesh used for rectocele surgery. The surgery was a failure and my vagina is shorter. What are viable options?

2nd opinion consult: You need to see a GYN MD who performs several of these types of surgeries/year for a 2nd opinion consultation and examination of the previous rectocele repair. Only then can a determination be made as to the best direction to pursue for revision of the previous repair or not. ...Read more

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I'm having a surgery where the dr told me I'm having my rectocele and cystocele fixed, they didnt tell me what the op is called?Is it a vaginoplasty?

I'm having a surgery where the dr told me I'm having my rectocele and cystocele fixed, they didnt tell me what the op is called?Is it a vaginoplasty?

Probably not...: The medical term for this surgery is "Anterior and Posterior Colporrhaphy". You might also hear it called an "Anterior and Posterior Repair", or "A&P Repair". Vaginoplasty usually refers to cosmetic vaginal surgery, sex reassignment surgery or fixing birth defects of the vagina. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a grade 3 cystocele & rectocele I'm having repaired on the 27/11/15, how long after my surgery can I lift up my 15mth old,12kilo daughter again?

I have a grade 3 cystocele & rectocele I'm having repaired on the 27/11/15, how long after my surgery can I lift up my 15mth old,12kilo daughter again?

Surgeon preference : Specific recommendations for lifting after this type of surgery will need to be made by the surgeon who knows exactly what was done during the procedure. A good role is to let your body be your guide. If it hurts don't do it ...Read more

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What are treatments/surgery for my rectal prolapse and rectocele? I'm 77.

What are treatments/surgery for my rectal prolapse and rectocele? I'm 77.

Rectocele: Surgery for rectal prolapse is different then surgery for rectocele. Rectocele can be corrected by vaginal approach and can be considered as outpatient procedure. Rectal prolapse needs to be corrected by abdominal approach and can be performed by laparoscopy or robot-assisted. ...Read more

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I'm having stress incontinence and rectocele repair surgery as back to back procedures. What can I expect afterwards. Can you explain the procedures?

I'm having stress incontinence and rectocele repair surgery as back to back procedures. What  can I expect afterwards. Can you explain  the procedures?

Talk to your surgeon: These are questions you should discuss with your surgeon. They are great questions. But you should not have surgery without asking your own surgeon these questions. ...Read more

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Gyn confirmed cystocele & rectocele w/ symptoms. estrogen cream prescribed for 1 month then recheck. how likely is surgery?

Gyn confirmed cystocele & rectocele w/ symptoms. estrogen cream prescribed for 1 month then recheck.  how likely is surgery?

It depends on stage: If the two "celes" are second or third degree then surgery is likely. Additional surgical intervention causes are repeated urinary tract infections from incomplete bladder emptying, fecal retention/constipation with need for manual removal, extrusion to the outside of the body or intercourse "blocking". ...Read more

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Which surgery should I have done 1st and why? Surgery in spine to replace disk at l5-s1(bone on bone now) or surgery to correct cystocele & rectocele.

Which surgery should I have done 1st and why? Surgery in spine to replace disk at l5-s1(bone on bone now) or surgery to correct cystocele & rectocele.

Depends: Neither is an emergency, so which you have done really depends on which one bothers you more. I don't believe either surgery will affect the other procedure in any negative way, but you should discuss with both your spine and general surgeon. ...Read more

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I haven't had bowel movement after rectocele surgery and taking several laxative. What could be wrong?

I haven't had bowel movement after rectocele surgery and taking several laxative. What could be wrong?

Consult your surgeon: You might have stool impaction, but this requires an urgent call to surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more

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When does a rectocole need repaired? If left untreated will it get worse? Is surgery for this out patient or requires hospital stay?

Depends on patient: Small rectoceles can be repaired as an outpatient. Extensive ones may require more extensive surgical repair. Each case is different. Your surgeon will need to guide you through the treatment options. ...Read more