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If you have had bladder surgery, I have questions


Debbi in Texas
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I went to a female urologist, NOT my gyn.  (I initially talked to my gyn - but was very uncomfortable with her direction.  mom gut demanded I go somewhere else.   I really believe I would have been unhappy with the results with the gyn.) 

 

I had a lot of damage from dudeling with forceps, so it was more than just the bladder.  I have been THRILLED with the results - and it's been eight years.

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My bladder had completely fallen out of place and wasn't holding urine in quite like it should.  I've been thrilled with the results.  An OB/Gyn did the surgery, but she is a specialist in prolapses (rectal, bladder, and uterine).  She did extra post medical school study just on those things.  She does several repair surgeries every week so she is also extremely experienced and really knows exactly what she is doing.  I don't leak urine anymore and I've got pneumonia right now and even with all the coughing I've been doing, not a single leak.  The first doctor I went to was going to do a slightly different repair and she said I would always have a little trouble and hesitation starting my urine stream and it would be thinner and weaker forever as well.  The doctor I ended up going with said that would not be an issue with the repair she does and she was exactly right.  The only problem I had was about a week of extraordinarily painful bladder spasms from the manipulation needed to get my bladder in the right place during the surgery  I wouldn't wish bladder spasms on my worst enemy.

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My granny had it done probably 10-15 years ago. She came out worse than she went in and has had to wear incontinence pads ever since.

Apparently her dr was under some kind of suspension some time after this because of many botched operations of the same type.

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I had this done about 11 years ago. I have had no problems. I'm a runner, too, so lots of high impact movement, but it's stayed perfectly in place. However, I didn't do any high impact movement for about a year afterward, because I did NOT want to undo the surgery. (I just rode a bike for execise or walked.) I also listened to my doc and took it easy for a few months in regard to heavy lifting, vacuuming, etc. A gyn did mine and he had done the procedure 100's of times before. I also got a second opinion before I went ahead with the surgery.

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No personal experience, but a friend just had this done.  She's in her mid 60's.  It's only been about six months, so no long term results yet, but I think she's been quite pleased with the results.  Her recovery was much harder and longer than she expected though.

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My doctor told me about a woman who had to have a repair procedure done five times!  She didn't mention why, or which surgery she had.  Frankly, I think this is one of those surgeries that has been perfected since many of us struggle and it is so so so common.  There is always a chance things won't work out well. But...if your MIL trusts her doc, and her doc is a good one with lots of experience, it's pretty low risk.

 

Best wishes to your MIL!  It's a tough step to take.

 

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