I was just researching this forum ( I usually post in the "total colectomy part xx" thread) anyways.. I just had surgery a couple weeks ago. I have suffered constipation for as long as I can recall. 21 yrs ago, after giving birth to a large bay, I suffered with total pelvic prolapse. 8 months ago, I decided it was time I addressed things, as the falling out parts started to freak me out! I had a stage ll prolapse of the uterus, vagina, bladder and rectum, plus a rectocele. I had a sacral colpopexy, rectopexy, and tvt sling, but after surgery-it was really almost impossible for me to have a BM!
After many, many tests.. they decided that I should have my redundant sigmoid removed, revise the rectopexy (rectum was still prolapsed) and fix the rectocele that came back because of the excessive straining post op. My colon surgeon was definitely concerned about the mesh, and shared a similar story like Roddiesgirl's ... I had Abdominal Rectopexy w/ Resection & perinoplasty/vaginal repair of the rectocle 2 weeks ago, and I'm feeling pretty good! I had a stool impaction while in the hospital, and current take 3 doses of MiraLax in order to keep my stool liquid like.
So, after reading your story Roddiesgirl, I'm so scared of this mesh throughout my body! There is no doubt my surgeon was pretty nervous about the mesh, but thankfully - he found no issues.. but then again, the mesh was put in just 8 months ago. How long ago did you have your prolapse repairs? What symtoms brought you back to the doctor's?
Abby, you are young! Did you have any injury during childbirth? I was just 28 when my prolapse happened, but they didn't really start to get bad until I was about 46.. I think losing hormones played a part of things getting worse. My pelvic floor descends sooo much, but there really isn't a surgery to fix that. I think the perinoplasty that was done might help this a bit... as the removed the damaged scar tissue in the perineum area and sewed the separated muscles back. I feel so afraid to strain too... and right now it is fairly easy to go because it is liquid. When I do have to go, it comes on pretty suddenly, but I can always make it to the bathroom.. and I go around 4-7 times a day.