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heidismom

Uterine Prolapse Surgery

Posted by @heidismom in Women's Health, Mar 10, 2012

I would like to hear from women who have had surgery - the mesh or anything else for pelvic organ prolapse.

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carolteach

Posted by @carolteach, Apr 20, 2012

I would also like to hear from others regarding these issues. Right now I am in the process of figuring out what to do.

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Apr 20, 2012

I am also trying to figure it out. I went to a uro/gyn who said I needed to decide whether or not to have my uterus removed. Either way, I would need to have surgery with mesh to hold up my bladder, and uterus, if I kept it. A second opinion said I had 3 options: wait and see; use a pessary; and surgery as last resort. Very different opinions. I had her insert a pessary while I wait and see.

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carolteach

Posted by @carolteach, Apr 20, 2012

I too am seeing an gyn/uro -- I had a preliminary exam, and now I am scheduled for two others -- after that we will talk about it. I asked him about the mesh, and he said the issues with it were caused because of the "way it is used". I also wonder why I don't just have my uterus removed, but I think other things are prolapsing as well. Not sure about that. I just started looking into this.

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Apr 20, 2012

Where do you live? I wonder if we have the same doctor??

carolteach

Posted by @carolteach, Apr 21, 2012

I am in Tucson, AZ

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Apr 21, 2012

Sorry, I'm in Florida. But our doctors are telling us the same thing. I think I will just wait for awhile and maybe try to get a 3rd opinion. Let me now what you decide.

carolteach

Posted by @carolteach, Apr 21, 2012

I will. You let me know as well.

carolteach

Posted by @carolteach, Oct 4, 2012

I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning -- for several reasons. I did get a second opinion and she agreed with the MD (pelvic floor specialist) that I have and told me he was a very good MD. Also, the older I get the harder it will be to put the pessary in place.
I know this won't get any better and will probably get worse, and I don't want that.

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Oct 4, 2012

Remember what I said about constipation. Make sure you use the fleet enema, and make sure it works before surgery. Good luck!

sunshinegirl1

Posted by @sunshinegirl1, Sep 22, 2012

Who is your gyno ? I live in Tucson too and need my pessary refitted. It has worked for 8 years but now is falling out.

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Sep 22, 2012

Three Dr. opinions led me to decide to have surgery. I am 73 yrs old, and they all said the prolapse would get worse, and as I got older, surgery might not be an option. If not for age, I would have kept the pessary. It worked great. The surgery included a hysterectomy and mesh cradle for my bladder. It went fine, and after a 3 month recovery period I am doing great. When I sneeze, I leak a little, but other than that, no leaking. I wear a panty liner, no problems. HOWEVER, apart from the surgery, the pain killers used (morphine) created constipation so bad that I had to be hospitalized 4 days to get rid of it. That was pure hell. If you have surgery, be sure to empty your intestines beforehand, just as if you were getting a colonoscopy, and begin using Mirax immediately after. Probably will need one or two Fleet enemas.

bird

Posted by @bird, Apr 25, 2012

Hi
My younger sister just this yr has had a pessary inserted she has it replaced every 3 months. This has changed her life. The quality of life has so improved that she has no future plans for surgery.
Of course as she ages things could change. She is 58 yrs old.

heidismom

Posted by @heidismom, Apr 26, 2012

thanks bird. That's good news. Good luck to her.

pamegannp

Posted by @pamegannp, Mar 18, 2013

There is a Michigan-based company called It's You Babe that sells a product indicated for external prolapse of the bladder or uterus. The product is called the V2 Supporter, and I've heard very good things about it.

That said, I do not know if the product is intended for use post-surgery, prior to surgery or used without the need for surgery. I'd recommend contacting the manufacturer and asking them about that.

The most comprehensive information I could find on it read as follows: (Indicated for) " … External Prolapsed Bladder and for the Uterus post-Sclerotherapy." (Source: http://prenatal-cradle.com/v2-supporter/ ) .

That source is non-commercial in nature, although there is a link to the manufacturer's website on the page. I'd click that and fill out the contact form on the manufacturer's website with whatever questions you may have.

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