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Rectocele Surgery Success Rate
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'm having stress incontinence and rectocele repair surgery as back to back procedures. What can I expect afterwards. Can you explain the procedures?
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
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.
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
Two weeks post-surgery rectocele/cystocele/manchester repairs. Strong anal pressure, sense of constipation (normal stools), painful flatulence. Norm?
It's still early on - your anorectal region is adapting.
Speak with the surgeon that did your operation. ...Read more
Minor herniated L5/S1 & a rectocele causing constipation. Miralax helps but BAD back pain b4 bowel movements, pain can last days. Don't kno who to see. Want to get pregnant, afraid my back couldn't take it. Time to bite bullet, get rectocele surgery?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Had rectocele repaired 7m ago. It feels like there's a pocket all around my anal opening. I can get bm out but little pieces get stuck. Is this normal?
Check repair: The rectocoele repair done previously may be "breaking down" or infected. Have your previous surgeon evaluate the area. ...Read more
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