Preparing For A Rectocele Repair – Prolapse Surgery

My decision to have rectocele repair surgery was a BIG one and a lot of though and research and care provider consults contributed to it.  I feel a missing element of prolapse surgery is pre-hab and re-hab guidance.  I hope to help change that with the aim of preventing surgery for some and improving the outcomes of those that go ahead.  Here are some considerations for pre-op and post-op that may help you with your decision making and/or prep and recovery.

What is a rectocele?
A Rectocele is a type of prolapse indicated by the rectum bulging into the vagina. They can contribute to discomfort, difficulty voiding, feeling like ‘something is in there’, difficulty inserting a tampon or keeping it in.  They can also be asymptomatic.  Many people don’t even know they have a prolapse and the grade (1-4) of prolapse is not always indicative of the severity of or presence of symptoms.   

What is a rectocele repair?
The most common rectocele...

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Exercises & Treatments | Vagina Coach

 

Let me just start by saying...my number one treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction is pelvic physical therapy. It is my answer to anyone who asks “What should someone do if they experience pelvic floor discomfort?" or  "What kind of treatments are there for pelvic floor dysfunction?”  In my opinion, pelvic floor physical therapy (or pelvic floor physiotherapy if you are in Canada or the UK) should be the first line of defense for things like incontinence, prolapse, chronic back pain and even diastasis recti.  

Do I need pelvic floor therapy?

While many pelvic floor related challenges are common, like post-partum leakage or stress urinary incontinence, they aren’t necessarily “normal”. Folk wisdom suggests these are things that should be endured, but the truth is that there is help available and you can significantly improve your quality of life by taking the time to treat pelvic floor dysfunction with pelvic floor physiotherapy...

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My Decision To Have Prolapse Surgery - Rectocele Repair

This post is about my decision to have surgery for my prolapse, a rectocele, that I have lived with for over 8 years now.  Surgery is something I have been debating for 4 years and I did not come to this decision lightly but I know it is the right choice for me. 

16 years ago I gave birth to my first son.  I believe that was the start of my rectocele.

My goal for childbirth was to have a vaginal birth with no epidural and no tearing.  

Goal Accomplished!

I did everything I knew about to prepare for birth with the aim of avoiding episiotomy and tearing like my mom had experienced. She also dealt with incontinence and because at the time with my limited knowledge about pelvic health, I equated tearing with incontinence, I felt that because of the fact that I did not tear must mean that my pelvic floor was doing well!

Or so I thought….

I Wish I Had Known
Knowing what I know now, I would have understood that just because there was no external tearing...

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