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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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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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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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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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I too have a diagnosed "Rectocele". Initially diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. The treatment did not have any affect. Eventually referred to the bowel specialist and sent then for barium meal oral and anal x-rays. Obvious rectocele showed up and then waited and attended a clinic appointment with the another bowel specialist who then referred me to the gynaecologist. I saw the gynaecologist this week and am now on the waiting list for posterior repair. Apparently very common in women and often related to childbirth/delivery she said. The specialist was very clear about potential risks which is the same with most surgery. I find it very scary but am going ahead as the option is too continue with the unpleasant symptoms. Some days better than others. The time spent in the toilet trying desperately to empty the bowel sometimes Ok sometimes not. I have read positive and negative outcomes of surgery which also heightens the anxiety levels. Guess we are all unique individuals and what works for one may not be so good for another! Also I guess a lot depends on the skill of the surgeon doing the work! Regards Trish





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I had my daughter 3 years ago when I was 26 and I pretty much noticed a problem straight away but just thought it was how things change after having a baby! The first I noticed was slight bulging just inside my vagina. Then the fact that I rarely was a able to have a 'good poo' and that it simply wouldn't come out unless I pushed on the bit of skin between my anus and vagina. As someone else mentioned, I became conscious when having sex as I knew that you could feel the poo against the vagina, therefore had to start the habit of using my fingers to empty myself. It's only if I have a really big build up that I can poo properly but most of the time I am always feeling like there is something left in there, because of this the amount that I 'blow off' has increased which is obviously embarrassing and although I can control this, it leaves me very uncomfortable most of the time. It is only now (not sure why) that I decided to look it up and it looks as though I have a rectocele (not even sure how you pronounce it properly!) also don't know if it has a nothing to do with it but I have been urinating so much lately, I seem to want to wee all the time, even if I just went 10 minutes ago! Maybe that's a different problem but just wondered if it would be related? I am a bit reluctant to go to the doctor incase they just say it is not that serious as I could just put up with it. Also it is quite scary and confusing reading about the different ways that the op can be done and that there may be long term complications......this is the first time I have spoken about this........Thanks for listening





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Update re finding best operation technique for anterior rectocele / rectal mucosal prolapse London: Biofeedback clinic senior bowel therapist confirmed it is imperative to strengthen pelvic floor muscles before any operation to repair rectocele . This will improve chances of relapse not occurring! Pelvic floor exercises will not improve my rectal mucosal prolapse . Found out that if a surgeon does go ahead to operate using Laparascopic ventral Rectopexy if he reaches any complications during op he must be able to open up your abdomen! This is very worrying as I do not want abdomen cut open for rectocele repair nor my vagina touched! Can anyone out there respond to my comments? So. Confused about rectocele repair . Re operating on my anus to repair mucosal rectal prolapse . This is done by same method as haemorroidectomy ouch very painful! Has anyone out there had a rectal mucosal prolapse operated on and if so what method? Thanks Michele





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I had laparascopic ventral rectopexy on March 10th 2014. I feel that although there has been an improvement in my symptoms.. I am still recovering from the op. I am getting general aches and pains in abdominal area(bit like period pain feeling) and I feel it when sit down with tenderness along in lower abdomen..also have tenderness at sight of one of the incisions which consultant thinks is a hernia.I do not have the feeling of pressure in rectum which was always present but my bowel has not yet settled(told could be several months)and I have to take movicol to avoid constipation. Before op was always 'aware' of bowel..now always 'aware' of discomfort in abdomen.

Just placed a blog mentioning 18 weeks Referal time for Biofeedback Nhs at St Marks Bowel hospital within Northwick Park Hospital Middx Please can anyone outside London around all parts of UK let me have waiting times for Biofeedback Nhs clinic in their area? And what are your views about this? Thanks Michele/London





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Thanks Suzzanne for responding to my blog dated 8th Feb 2014 Suzzane I read with great interest in your info. I need to ask can anyone out there suggest a colorectal surgeon who operates by Laparascopic. Ventral Rectopexy London Central if possible?? Referred by Nhs Colorectal surgeon for biofeedback. What the NHS consultants do not tell you re appointments in the only London Biofeedback clinic at St Marks Bowel hospital within Northwick Park is there is an 18 weeks! Privately each session costs £250 and if you need 6 sessions that is expensive. So how can the NHS expect patients be expected to wait all of this time especially when the surgeons are putting us off generally of operations ? Managed to get cancellation for tomorrow and will be interested to see what they can offer as well as biofeedback re other tests . Meanwhile two surgeons one private only operates privately a route to repair rectocele via vagina a definite no no! And repairing small Mucosal prolapse by haemorroidectomy ouch! So I am yet again on the hunt for a surgeon in London who operates frequently using laparascopic ventral Rectopexy. My GP said that even though you find this surgeon who operates this way if when he begins laparascopic method and finds comlpications they usually ask you to sign before operation for permission to open you up abdominally if necessary! Can anyone comment on this? Any Referals to surgeon private or Nhs that operates using laparascopic ventral method Pse advise many thanks Michele/London





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