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Embarrassing Fat Bodies, 12:30am Monday 27th October 2014 on More 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

Episode 3 - Bristol

Rectocele

Michelle comes to the clinic with a toilet trauma that is taking over her life. Following a hysterectomy, Michelle has been unable to fully remove waste from her bottom, requiring her to insert her fingers into her vagina in order to help push the poo out. Dr Pixie suspects a Rectocele, and sends her to a specialist. Having undergone several tests, Michelle is cleared for a surgical procedure to repair the rectocele, which is carried out with apparent success. Unfortunately 6 months after her operation Michelle experienced some complications and is undergoing further treatment.

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I have been diagnosed with rectocele ... I have had physiotherapy and now been referred back to gynae for repair op.. I'm wondering how long the wait is for this operation. In NHS?





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I am 74 years of age, had a rectocele a week ago. Just a feeling of discomfort, I would not call it pain. Getting easier each day. I do recommend Movicol, or Laxido at least three times a day before and after op, wonderful stuff, didn't realise you could go for a poo without straining, and to feel you have completely emptied yourself. good luck





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Shirley I have been diagnosed with a full thickness rectal prolapse and small rectocele. All I can say is when I first saw one hospital they diagnosed mucosal prolapse then saw a second hospital again got their opinion re mucosal Prolapse but still was not satisfied on diagnosis so I ended up seeing lead surgeon at Londons leading bowel hospital St Marks in Northwick park hospital Middx . Before you go ahead with any surgery you must be 100% sure you have correct diagnosis. Reason being if mucosal prolapse the method of operating is extremely painful where they pull out the mucosal tissue from your rectum end and this procedure is similar to an extreme haemoroidectomy . Another procedure which the lead surgeon at bowel hospital suggested which is far less painful that they do for all mucosal rectal prolapse is called Delormes method. My advice to you is: I took a third opinion before I managed to get correct diagnosis before jumping in with any operation. The bowel hospital confirmed I have a full thickness rectal prolapse which requires laparascopic ventral rectopexy and they cannot guarantee outcome of operation . I suggest you get a second opinion from a bowel hospital even if it means you travelling to London . Reason being colorectal departments in mainstream hospital are not as proficient in diagnosing and operating on bowel problems as a recognised bowel hospital . I found this out the hard way when two Colorectal depts of two large London Nhs hospitals got it completely wrong!! When I was told by these two hospitals I would need operation to literally cut off end of my rectum and researched the operation techniques for what you have been told you have I found out the Delormes procedure is best method and that was confirmed by leading bowel surgeon Dr Caroline Vaisey at St Marks Hospital I have been told that in my case the sigmoid colon that is normally removed for a ventral Laoarascopic rectopexy cannot be removed as I gave slow transit in this part of my colon. By not removing sigmoid surgeon cannot guarantee outcome of operation . Although prolapse would be repaired the colon may not work if at all . My rectocele is small and not worth operating on. I have researched methods of rectocele ops and if surgeon operates via vagina you will have pain rest of your life due to scarring inside vagina. So best method is let a bowel surgeon operate on rectocele and let them repair it through the bowel side not vaginal entrance. I hope this info helps you and others on this site to determine how important it is not to rush in with any operation until you are 100% satisfied you have correct diagnosis as the contraindications to operations are so varied and can leave you with devastating effects that surgeons never tell you unless you consult a competent bowel hospital . Good luck ! Michele





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Hi, just had surgery this week for rectocele. Surgeon went in through perineum to avoid faecal incontinence risk via anal route. Method of surgery will depend on exact location of the rectocele and size. Wait list in London can be anything up to a year but i was lucky as a space came up within 6 months. So far even though painful recovery i can already feel a difference....





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HI Mel. I am having a rectocele operation through the perineum in October. I am worried about the pain. How long did your pain last and what medications were you put on to help it. How are you going now and do you feel like you have had a good recovery. Thanks. Lee-Anne

Hi LeeAnn, I am now 5 weeks post op and the pain lasted about 10 days before it felt much better. The last couple of weeks the area has just been a little irritated as the stitches heal and it's still sensitive to touch etc. I still have to be careful getting in and out of the car but am able to go about normal activities. I had my last check up today with the consultant and have been told that next week (week 6 post op) I can start exercising again. I do feel like it's been a good recovery and have had great results in resuming normal function x Mel

Hi ladies update for you. Was seen by gynecologist last week she was wonderful. Have moderate cystocele and significant rectocele.So worse than I thought. Been offered operation to repair both problems but for now had pessary fitted to help with symptoms. Got to go for physiotherapy.Got to go back in 4 months quite impressed with how I've been treated so far.





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Been suffering with this for a while now and only just looked up my symptoms and this is definatley what I have! I went to see my nurse today and she has made me an appointment with the doctor Tuesday. Was wondering how long it normally takes from the doctors appointment to actually get surgery? And how bad does it have to be before surgery is offered? I'm only 24, have 2 children and surely the problem will only get worse rather than better. Thanks





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I have been seen by the hospital for 2 years now had loads of tests and although very uncomfortable have more or less been told to live with it

My hysterectomy was a year ago and bowel problems still continue.. I notice a bulge from my Virginia just a few months after op although Dr have not diagnosed rectocele I'm sure that is what it is. The same as other ladies. Constant fullness. Pain before going to loo easing slightly after passing stool . Pass only very small amounts. NEVER feel my bowel is empty. Very uncomfortable all the time. So wish I never had the hysterectomy. Intercourse is totally out of the question. Laxatives only cause cramps. I eat healthily and drink loads of water but nothing helps. I've also put on over 8lbs. Any advise as going on holiday and don't want to spend all my time on the loo. I'm 61 yrs.





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Dear Anne Pse read my recent comment on this site. I can strongly suggest you get urgent Referal to see St Marks Bowel hospital Northwick Park Middx in London . Reason being bowels are very difficult parts of body to Operate and I had three opinions from three Nhs hospitals in London. You need to pressurise your Gp or see a different GP to be sympathetic and get GP to urgently refer you to a centre of excellence . My GP practice originally sent me to see colorectal surgeon and not even urgently to UCLH London after I spent two years being messed about by St Mary's Hospital Paddington London Colorectal department . Both if these NHS leading hospitals got my diagnosis wrong and I ended up 2 yrs. And. 6 months down the line getting urgent Referal to St Marks bowel Hospital . Do not accept anything less from your GP if they try to fob you off with " no I will not refer you a third time to leading bowel hospital as you have seen a mainstream nhs colorectal dept. Having your bowel operated on is not to be taken lightly and you must find a good surgeon in a recognised bowel hospital . Hope this helps you

I wish there was more support sites for this. I was just diagnosed and am very depressed as I am extremely uncomfortable and feel pressure and pain in my tailbone all day. The not being able to evacuate feeling even after going is the worse. I can't stand it. Waiting on my next appointment to measure size.





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I've just seen my doctor for first time about my rectocele I have been worrying about it for so long and finally got the courage to go. Like most of you ladies I have to put my finger in my vagina to push poo out not nice :( also have stress incontinence. I also hate the bulge it looks horrible and it's affecting my sex life I just want my old vagina back lol wish they would tell you all about this before you have children :0. Any how I'm being referred to a gynecologist so will keep you updated. Anyone on here who is suffering in silence don't just be brave and see your doctor good luck to you all.





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Hi I think I may have a rectocele as for many years now I have nearly always not been able to poo properly, it just won't all come out! It's not as though it's even big lumps or firm, as it is usually mushy and sort of sticky ( sorry for being so graphic ) I have been to go colo rectal surgeon ( and had sigmoidoscopy) and a private Dr at the Marsden in London to help me try and overcome my problems, but no one at all has ever mentioned that I may have a rectocele!!! I read the piece on embarrassing bodies, and thought "yes!!! That's it, that's surely what I have!!" I had hysterectomy 8 yrs ago at 42 for cervical cancer + chemoradiotherapy after which, I have suffered bowel problems, usually the feeling of needing to go but doing very little and NEEDING to go ...this is usually accompanied by lots of wind so that if I am at home, I must sit on loo to pass wind as the poo that's low down comes out too :( Of I'm out, I obviously can't let it out, but this ends up with me being very uncomfortable... and if it goes on for a long time and the wind builds up I'm always worried It is suddenly goingto just burst out, but as I said, this then becomes a real problem as poo may come out too. Also, if I sort of bend over a little or open my left buttock I find the wind can come out a little easier and I get more relief... but I obviously can't do this when I'm out!! So, I don't go out much! Please anyone, does what I wrote sound like your problems/ symptoms with a rectocele? Thank you :) Gina x





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