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Portia Hirschman

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Date: 6/12/12 7:52 AM

I am curious about your experience regarding pelvic organ prolapse surgery. Mine is the bladder, Stage III. If you have had this surgery, what were the particulars and your recovery experience?

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Date: 6/12/12 7:58 AM

I can't be of any help on this, but I'm glad you posted this subject. I'm sure there are quite a few of us out here who have dealt with it, or are looking at it in the future

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Date: 6/12/12 8:33 AM

I haven't had this surgery, but had a friend who did. She had problems with recovery, and once it came undone while healing. She said if she had to do it over again, she wouldn't have. Being as you're Stage III, I don't suppose you're a candidate for pelvic floor exercises?

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Date: 6/12/12 8:46 AM

My sister is having it done next month. Her's is the uterus & bladder. So they will do a total hysterectomy & she is not sure about the bladder. I do not know what stage her's is but she has multiple infections because of them coming out. ... :confused:

I wish you the very best. When are you going in ... Prayers for a good & speedy recovery.
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Date: 6/12/12 9:46 AM


Oh dear.. I do wish you the best.. So many members here were so supportive when I had some health problems last year.. It made ALL the difference in how I felt .. it gave me the courage to face it all. and I never felt alone .. Having so many post with so much information really helped me learn a lot .. Looking back on it all. I cannot thank them enough.

I don't know much about what is happening with you.. but I do know Ms Fairchild is very smart on most issues of health. I pay close attention to what she posts on these matters.

So, no real help from me.. but

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Date: 6/12/12 9:55 AM

No. Too far advanced for kegel's to help. By late afternoons I am literally sitting on my bladder. I am going to a urogynocologist--my doctor (a woman) insisted that I go to a urogyn as opposed to a gyn or urologist. These are folks who specialize in Pelvic prolapse in all its manifestations and according to her, the only ones someone with my condition should go to for resolution. Apparently this is very common among postmenopausal women who have had multiple pregnancies and large babies. Plus my mom and her mother both had to have this surgery (they also had many pregnancies). I am not looking forward to it. You might want to do a little googling to see if Pelvic Organ Prolapse might be in your future and what the various manifestations are. Experts are saying that over 50% of women will have this in their lifetimes--be forewarned! There has been so much about mesh lawsuits that I was wondering. Thank you all for your kind words. It does help.

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Date: 6/12/12 10:13 AM

I know someone who had it and her recovery was long and slow. But she is not a good patient and always pushes through pain etc., which is probably one of the reasons she needed the surgery. Be prepared to be very patient with your body and your self.

There should be a thread or two that talk about the tips and tricks for recovery, including what stuff to take to the hospital to make the stay easier: ear plugs, iPod, chap stick, slippers that can be disinfected or tossed when you get home. That is just a start.

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Date: 6/12/12 7:51 PM

Hi Portia,

I had this surgery about 8 years ago, also with a urogy. It was in Worcester, MA at the UMASS Medical Center. They have a whole urogyn clinic.

It was my bladder also, which was very low. I had a hysterectomy at the same time, which included my ovaries, since I was almost sixty. and didn't want to worry about ovarian cancer.

The surgery wasn't bad at all. I got in a little trouble during recovery as I thought I could do it without pain pills, but I learned that I couldn't. I then found the pills (Vicodin, I think) were a little hard to get off of when I was supposed to--maybe a month later, I can't remember exactly--but I finally started cutting them in half, and then in half again. That did the trick.

I was told I needed to take a month off from work, so I spent the time, pretty happily, puttering around my sewing room. Doing leisurely sewing seemed just the right amount of activity.

I did get a urinary tract infection afterwards that needed antibiotics. And after that I had discomfort but no infection, I was told. But I always felt like I had to pee. The urogyn gave me an estrogen cream to use, which helped, but what finally solved the issue was very surprising to me

I started searching the internet for how to deal with this discomfort and found a thread that said you could have a very slight infection in the opening to your bladder that wouldn't show up on tests. Someone recommended washing yourself with a diluted solution of tea tree oil (which has some antibiotic and anti-fungal properties). I did this, and drank LOTS of water, and within a day I felt just fine.

Occasionally I get this symptom again (always feeling like I have to pee) and when I do I use the tea tree oil and flood myself with water again, and it clears up.

I'm very glad I had this surgery. My mother also had a prolapsed bladder She was given some kind of insert to hold it up, but found it uncomfortable. She spent her last couple of years in a nursing home close to my house, and the prolapsed bladder made it very difficult for her pee when sitting on the toilet. The nursing staff really didn't want to deal with the issue, and as a result she was in diapers her last few year, which was really awful for her. When I told her that I was being advised to have the surgery, she strongly encouraged me to have it.

And I am really glad I did have it. Good luck. Don't worry. You should be just fine.

I'm happy to answer any questions you have.

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Date: 6/13/12 7:18 AM

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Someone recommended washing yourself with a diluted solution of tea tree oil (which has some antibiotic and anti-fungal properties). I did this, and drank LOTS of water, and within a day I felt just fine.
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Date: 6/13/12 8:28 AM

Probably of no use to you whatsoever, but...I have a friend who teaches Belly Dancing. She had a pupil who came to her whilst waiting for prolapse repair surgery. The NHS had a long waiting list at the time, and this lady was told she would have to wait around 6 months for the op. After practising Belly Dancing during that time, the lady went in for a pre-surgery check, and was told she no longer needed the op. the Belly Dancing had improved the prolapse!!

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