Post-Op Recovery The first few days - Prolapse Surgery - Rectocele Repair

A week ago I had prolapse surgery to repair my rectocele.  You can ready about my decision to have surgery here .

Here is an account of my first 7 days post-op.

Day of Surgery
I had my surgery at about 1pm on Monday Dec 7th and was home by 4:30pm.  I was sent home with a catheter and some packing in my vagina.  I was also given some sexy hospital panties that were actually quite comfy and better than the mesh ones you get after giving birth. 

I was quite dopy and even felt a bit woozy in the car but managed to not barf.  I came home and went right to bed where I stayed for the rest of the day and night.  My husband brought me some bone broth which was comforting,

The benefit of the catheter is not having to get up to go to the bathroom but I could really only sleep on my back which I like for short periods of time so I found that I did not sleep all that well the first night.  I made sure to take my pain meds and stool softeners before I...

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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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