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    Confused1
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    I’m new to this site but looking for some help – I’m trying to decide between prolapse repair and prolapse repair with hysterectomy. I’m now on my 3rd-opinion consultant have been first diagnosed with rectocele plus mild cystocele, then enterocele and now back to cystocele. I had GI physiology tests done (which were just awful) and the clinical research fellow who did the tests said I had a rectocele and the results showed I was a good candidate for surgery but then my consultant said there was nothing wrong with my bowel. I am now due to have Urodynamic tests (which I think sound terrifying) and my consultant has put me down for prolapse repair surgery with possible TVH.
    I’m so confused. I’m nearly 50 and post-menopause, so no worries about losing my uterus, but the idea of TVH distresses me a lot as I’m not sure what my sex life will be like without a cervix – plus my consultant said there would be some shortening as well as narrowing but that “intercourse wouldn’t be impossible”. I don’t want “not impossible” I want “good”.
    But I also want to be able to have a normal bowel movement and not be in discomfort all the time. My consultant also said surgery might not improve the bowel function or the discomfort and there’s a 30% risk of recurrence of the prolapse – so I can’t help feeling it could all just make everything worse.
    I don’t know what to do – I feel so depressed about all of this – and I don’t seem to be making any progress (it’s been going on for more than 2 years now) and I just keep getting sent for more and more horrible tests. I don’t know whether to go for the repair but refuse the TVH or just be guided by my consultant who says she’ll only know once she’s “in there”.

    Any advice?

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    Unsure1
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    Hello Confused1
    Welcome to the site and for sharing your story with us. I would suggest, like M, that you contact your consultant again and take with you a list of questions. In the end the decision is obviously yours to make however I do feel that your consultant could help by answering your questions in detail.

    Please let us know how you get on and like M says you are welcome to send a PM to either of us.
    Take care
    Claire x

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