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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

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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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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Why would you need a catheter for 4 days after rectocele surgery?

Why would you need a catheter for 4 days after rectocele surgery?

Here are some...: After a major local surgery for rectocele, the overall function of all nearby tissues and organs may be affected by surgery and its postoperative reaction. Hence, it is a good practice to leave an indwelling catheter for few days as recommended by the surgeon's experience. This practice has been proved beneficial by long professional experience. More? Ask your doctor... ...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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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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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 didn't 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 didn't 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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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

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What is a rectocele and how can it be fixed?

Poor support: Rectocele:; lack of pelvic support allows rectum ("straight") to sag and bulge to the front, into the vaginal vault. Rectum is no longer straight and can not effectively transmit force, or transport stool out. Ber down and things bulge-kind of like pushing a rubber band. Sometimes physical therapy may help; often surgery needed. (good results generally). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have 'rectocele' prolaps?

Not a simple answer: At a certain level, mild rectocele is normal and should not be treated.

If you have a rectocele that is symptomatic, you will feel that you have an easier time having bowel movements when you have your fingers placed against the back wall of your vagina.

Prolapse in a general term refers to a different process. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a rectocele prolapse?

Rectocele: Rectocele is simply the rectum herniating or bulging into the vagina. Common symptoms include a feeling of vaginal fullness and sometimes a feeling of incompletely emptying when defecating. There is little risk to having a rectocele and they are very common in women who have delivered babies vaginally so these need only be treated when they are bothering you. Surgery is vaginal and outpatient. ...Read more

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Posterior repair rectocele back to work few days?

Depends: Probably but the answer depends on the surgical technique, how extensive the repair and what kind of job you have. Discuss specifics with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Other than childbirth, what can cause a rectocele?

Other than childbirth, what can cause a rectocele?

Lifting.: Childbirth is the biggest risk factor. Other risks are chronic constipation, repetitive heavy lifting, chronic cough or respiratory issues, connective tissue disorder and obesity. ...Read more

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Rectocele - what are the consequences of avoiding surgey?

May get worse: A rectocele - the rectum bulges into or out of the vagina, may or may not get worse without surgery.

Ways to decrease the symptoms of a rectocele include increasing dietary fiber, preventing constipation and straining during bowel movements. Laxatives and stool softeners may also help.

Weight loss in obese individuals decreases pelvic pressure.

A vaginal pessary may help to decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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When should I be concerned with my rectocele? It's a grade 3 of 4.

When should I be concerned with my rectocele? It's a grade 3 of 4.

You will know: There is very little risk with an untreated rectocele. Surgery should be based on your symptoms and how much you are bothered by them. Rectoceles can progress and worsen but this usually takes significant time and the bother issue would likely increase also so most women will know themselves when it's time for repair. ...Read more

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I had a total diVinci hyster 11/14. I now have gr 3 rectocele and 3 cystocele. Could they have happened from the hyster? When should I have it repaire

I had a total diVinci hyster 11/14. I now have gr 3 rectocele and 3 cystocele. Could they have happened from the hyster? When should I have it repaire

Here are some. ..: The cystorectocele to a degree after hysterectomy is nothing uncommon, but indicates you have weak pelvic supporting muscles & tissues, which may in turn predispose its recurrence although surgical repair may be inevitable. As to when and how to repair it, that should be decided after proper evaluation & counseling though collaborating with surgical specialist of such procedures. Best wish. .. ...Read more