Has anyone had surgery for prolapsed bladder/rectum?

janicej11April 26, 2006

Hi there,

I have a level 2 prolapse...kind of embarrassing to describe, but there is some protrusion and I'll eventually need to have surgery. The doctor said it's best to take the uterus, etc. when they do the procedure to pull things "back up." I know women have this surgery all the time, but it just makes me feel old and I'm in my fifties (but in denial). It's worse now because I have a cough, and you know how that is. Plus, I've been trying to work out to get fit. The doctor also said no weights...but, I need them for my bones. Anyone offer some positive thoughts?

Thanks.

Jan

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njtea

I just had a vaginal hysterectomy about 12 days ago - a cake walk. My bladder was tacked back up and is working just fine.

Find out what kind of repair will be done a tack, a mesh repair - and be aware that, unfortunately, at this point in time no bladder repair is forever, but it should buy you some time.

Interesting about the weights - I continued to use my weights up until the night before surgery, sit ups, too. The only thing my doctor advised was no sit ups for a few months and to halve the weights and double the reps.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2006 at 6:13PM
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agnespuffin

If he said to forget the weights, then forget them! Increase your walking if you are worried about your bone density. Any strain on those abdominal muscles will increase the protusion. I had the repair work done over 20 years ago. No problems.
PB

    Bookmark   April 26, 2006 at 6:58PM
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janicej11

Thanks for your responses....I thought situps helped strengthen the stomach muscles and core, so don't know why the doc said not to do them. Did your doctor give you any "don't do's"?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2006 at 9:48AM
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agnespuffin

It's not those big abdominal muscles that are causing the problem. It's the fibers that are surrounding the vaginal area that have been weakened and allow the bladder and colon to push and sag into the vaginal space. I don't think the usual sit ups and weight lifting will help strengthen those muscles. Check out the following link for a better explanation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cystocele/Rectocele

    Bookmark   April 27, 2006 at 2:24PM
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agnespuffin

It's not those big abdominal muscles that are causing the problem. It's the fibers that are surrounding the vaginal area that have been weakened and allow the bladder and colon to push and sag into the vaginal space. I don't think the usual sit ups and weight lifting will help strengthen those muscles. Check out the following link for a better explanation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cystocele/Rectocele

    Bookmark   April 27, 2006 at 2:26PM
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