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Will comment to all three of these questions at once. # 1-As far as the intimacy aspect, I had to refrain from sex for 8 weeks because of the extent of my repairs. I am now 19 months out from my surgery and can tell you that there is an impact to sexual sensation. The area of peak sensation has actually changed location and it did have an impact on my ability to climax; I can climax but it is much harder to reach. There is no pain factor for me, just change in sensation. 4 weeks out is way too soon to have returned to "normal", you will need to give it more time. # 2-There is quite a bit of info available online now to fill in the blanks on pelvic organ prolapse surgery, I’d start by finding a good urogynecologist. There is quite a bit of basic material in my book as well, but finding the right physician is key. # 3-I am so sorry to hear that you are having these problems, perhaps you should seek the advice of a urogynecologist to see if you have any post surgical options. I am a HUGE advocate of urogynecologists, they are truly the experts to seek for this surgery. There are certainly excellent urologists, gastros, and surgical gynecologists, but since the repairs to the ligaments and tendons in this intricate area are so vital to these repairs, it is in women’s best interest to seek the surgeon that specializes in these repairs-that would be urogynecologits.

I had rectocele, cystocele, enterocele and bladder sling done 5 weeks ago. At 2 weeks out I started having more pain than right after surgery and unable to sit and hurt to stand very long so the gyn checked me. He said I was having muscle spasms where he had to stitch my muscles back together, but everything looked to be healing fine, no infections or anything. I have to work even harder than before surgery to keep from getting constipated. I still feel pressure in my rectum and tailbone area. Occasionally feel sharp twinges as well in rectum and opening of the vagina. I have not had much discharge but I am having a tiny annoying urine leak which hopefully will eventually go away.

At my 4 week the gyn said I could resume normal activities as much as I felt up to. He said to wait one more week for intercourse, probably because he had to remove a stitch that had not yet dissolved. I’m actually a little scared to even try because of the annoying little twinges of pain I am having at the opening of the vagina. The urologist was going to release me until I told him I have not been totally dry and because of severe low back pain. He double checked what I had done and said he heard many women take as much as 3 months to recoup so he wants me to come back in 3 months.

So is there anyone that can say the rectum pressure, pain and low back and tailbone pain will eventually go away? If so approximately how long will it take? I have been really good and following doctor post-op instructions and trying hard not to over do.

I had rectocele, cystocele, enterocele and bladder sling done 5 weeks ago. At 2 weeks out I started having more pain than right after surgery and unable to sit and hurt to stand very long so the gyn checked me. He said I was having muscle spasms where he had to stitch my muscles back together, but everything looked to be healing fine, no infections or anything. I have to work even harder than before surgery to keep from getting constipated. I still feel pressure in my rectum and tailbone area. Occasionally feel sharp twinges as well in rectum and opening of the vagina. I have not had much discharge but I am having a tiny annoying urine leak which hopefully will eventually go away.

At my 4 week the gyn said I could resume normal activities as much as I felt up to. He said to wait one more week for intercourse, probably because he had to remove a stitch that had not yet dissolved. I’m actually a little scared to even try because of the annoying little twinges of pain I am having at the opening of the vagina. The urologist was going to release me until I told him I have not been totally dry and because of severe low back pain. He double checked what I had done and said he heard many women take as much as 3 months to recoup so he wants me to come back in 3 months.

So is there anyone that can say the rectum pressure, pain and low back and tailbone pain will eventually go away? If so approximately how long will it take? I have been really good and following doctor post-op instructions and trying hard not to over do.

I am 67 years old, and I had a cystocele and a rectocele repair at the same time on March 26th, due to both being prolapsed. I had trouble emptying my bladder but not too much trouble with leakage–only urgency. The urologist did a bladder sling with the newer procedure using a type of skin, and the obgyn did the rest of the surgery. The obgyn doctor told me to take a stool softener with the active ingredient Docusate Sodium 100 mg., like Colace (I use the generic brand–so much cheaper). I take one before breakfast and one after dinner. I also take Citrucel fiber. I take about a tablespoon around noon. I also try to eat a high fiber diet including a fruit a nut cereal for breakfast like Great Grains with raisens, dates, and pecans, and with maybe a prune or two and sometimes other fruit. I also eat a granola bar for a snack or after a meal. (Fruits and veggies are always a good idea) This keeps my bowels moving well. You can adjust these amounts according to your system and how active you are. The doctor said you want to have a formed but soft stool with no diarrhea. Straining too hard can damage the stitches. I had quite a bit of pain at first from the stitches, but now the pain is only bad in the urethra area during urination. I also feel like there is a lump in my vagina.

After my sugery, I had a Foley catheter in for a week. After they took it out, I had trouble emptying my bladder, worse than before. I saw the obgyn doctor again on the 24th of April, and he said everything was healing well. I was afraid I may have caused some damage, because I have to "pump" to get urine all out. When the doctor checked my vagina, it did hurt with manual pressure. From that date, I still had two more weeks to heal. I will see my urologist again on the 7th of May and see what he thinks. Hopefully, the pain will subside with time.

After I came home from the hospital (in two days) my obgyn said to spend most of the time reclined, and preferably with the heart the same level as the incisions. It is difficult to do, since my low back always hurts (and has for years) when I lay flat. It is necessary for proper healing. Just increase your "up" time gradually but always rest when tired.

I used pads at first, and then I just used panty liners. I did have some odor during the time I bled from the repair, but now the drainage has almost completely stopped, and I don’t notice any odor. I did take a shower twice a day to insure cleanliness and odor control. I only used the baby wash that they gave me at the hospital to clean that area, and I did not rub anything hard. I did use Dial but only around the outside of the area. The obgyn’s nurse told me I could use the pads like "Tucks" to sooth the stitch area, but not too often. It did help with the pain from the stitches.