Constipation and visible bulge, chaffing around the bulge leading to sores.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse – Rectocele
Age at diagnosis: 78
How did you learn about your diagnosis?
Going to the bathroom became such a problem I had to see my doctor for a diagnoses and solution.
How did this condition impact your life?
I couldn’t use the bathroom normally anymore and the straining was making it worse. The real problem started when chaffing began, leading to sores. I have diabetes and need to take care of my skin as it doesn’t heal well.
What treatment options did you explore?
Just surgery. My doctor told me that surgery was my best option based on exam, symptoms, and lifestyle—and I trusted his expertise.
How did you make your decision?
I trust my doctor, so after reviewing a pamphlet about the procedure, I went with his recommendation. I had a vaginal surgery, but he used a biologic graft. Because my diabetes has been difficult to control, my own tissue wasn’t an option and mesh isn’t recommended when tissue healing is a concern. Biologics provided a natural solution that was strong but safe.
Please describe your surgical and recovery experience.
The biggest concern for me was tissue healing both inside and out. I worked with my physician to get my blood sugars under control and was careful about what I ate. I kept close watch on the wound. Resting was not a problem since I have not been too active these days.
How has your life been with your chosen treatment?
I still experience mild constipation, but nothing like it was. I am careful not to strain too much. All in all, I am just better than I was.
What would you say to another woman experiencing your same type of symptoms or diagnosis?
I have confidence in my doctor, but if you don’t, find someone you can trust or get a second opinion.
*This story is fictional and the information presented is only intended to represent common experiences of women receiving treatment for POP or SUI. It should be used for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. We strongly encourage you to discuss all health matters and concerns with your physician before beginning, stopping or changing any treatment strategies.