How successful is rectocele surgery?
The success for this procedure to correct the bulge is over 80-90 percent depending on the technique used. Symptoms improve or resolve between 60-80 percent of the time. Light vaginal bleeding can occur as the incision heals and some discomfort with bowel movements is normal, initially.
How do I know if my rectocele repair has failed?
The presence of the following five symptoms was evaluated: prolonged and unsuccessful straining at stool, feelings of incomplete evacuation, manual assistance during defecation, false urge to defecate, and a stool frequency of less than three times per week.
How long does it take to heal from rectocele surgery?
Typical recovery for the procedure is 2-3 weeks. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to make you feel more comfortable. You can expect to resume normal physical activity within hours of your procedure. But you should not have sex until 6 weeks after surgery.
How do you poop after rectocele surgery?
The Best Position for Your Bowel Movement After Prolapse Surgery
- Sit on the toilet seat (never hover)
- Place your feet flat on the floor.
- Rest your hands or forearms on your thighs to support your trunk.
- Lean your trunk forwards.
- Keep the inward curve in your lower back during emptying (see bowel emptying position above)
What is considered a large rectocele?
If a rectocele is present, this study can document the size and the ability to completely empty the rectum. In general, if the rectocele is larger than 2 centimeters and/or has significant retention of contrast, it is considered abnormal.
Is rectocele surgery painful?
Surgical repair may relieve some, but not all, of the problems caused by a rectocele or enterocele. If pelvic pain, low back pain, or pain with intercourse is present before surgery, the pain may still occur after surgery.
Is mesh used in rectocele repair?
Mesh can be placed in the anterior vaginal wall to aid in the correction of cystocele (anterior repair), in the posterior vaginal wall to aid in correction of rectocele (posterior repair), or attached to the top of the vagina to correct uterine prolapse or vaginal apical prolapse (apical repair).
What are the grades of a rectocele?
Grade 1—mildest form, where the bladder drops only partway into the vagina. Grade 2—moderate form, where the bladder has sunken far enough to reach the opening of the vagina. Grade 3—most severe form, where the bladder sags through the opening of the vagina.
How long is hospital stay after rectocele surgery?
In most instances, you will be admitted to hospital on the day of your operation. You may be able to go home within 24 hours or, depending on your circumstances, you may need to stay in hospital for two to three days. You may have a catheter (tube) in your bladder to allow drainage of your urine.
Can a rectocele recur?
As with any surgical procedure, there are associated risks including bleeding, infection, new onset dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), fecal incontinence, rectovaginal fistula (a communication between the rectum and vagina), as well as a risk that the rectocele may recur or worsen.