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    They give you one dose of antibiotics at the time of the procedure per the secretary.

    Cherie: DId you have one under anesthesia because without it was too awful?
    No, she thought she saw something suspicious in the office and thought they would have to biopsy. Thankfully that was not the case.

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    hello sunshine !

    i believe i had all the urodynamic tests done in one day. i don't think they left the tube with the camera in place and used that same tube to fill my bladder with the sterile water. the filling of my bladder was done separately, but there was no discomfort involved with reinserting another tube to fill my bladder. i didn't need further testing, so i didn't have the dye and ct scan test.

    i eventually had my uterus and fallopian tubes removed. i kept my ovaries. my bladder and urethra were both put in mesh slings and my vagina was sewn to some ligaments. a colorectal surgeon cut out and repositioned the part of my bowel that was twisted up in my pelvis and was causing the constipation. the surgery was done laparoscopically through my abdomen and part was done by a robot.

    i kept some of my materials given to me by the pelvic reconstruction surgeon. i will post them below. you might have to click on them to read and make larger. one is a cover page that talks about urodynamic testing. the other page lists all the tests that they can do to find problems.

    i hope they are helpful ,
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    tic chick, when they put your bladder and urethra in a mesh sling did they do that laparoscopically? I just assumed this was done under anesthesia. This is really good information. I hope you don't mind some of us asking some questions. I think something is going to be done to me and I would like to know all that I can before it happens.
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    hey virginia !

    i absolutely will answer any questions if i have that knowledge or i had that procedure. if i can't i would be happy to google and find an answer.

    yes, when i had my bladder and urethra put in a sling, it was done laparoscopically. my doctor gave me a sheet on the type of mesh he was using.

    a little background info: i knew i had some bulging of my rectum into the vagina (rectocele) after the birth of my last child in 1985. my gynecologist told me. i was 30 y/o then. i never had anything more than some minor constipation at that time. fast forward to age 60 and i went to the hospital for severe nausea and a distended abdomen (this happened right after my mom died and i just wasn't paying attention that i hadn't gone to the bathroom). a week on miralax and i was okay. but i kept getting constipated. my pcp and gynecologist suggested general surgeons. none did rectocele repair. i was going through the list of specialists on my hospital website and i found several doctors that were called "pelvic reconstruction surgeons". i clicked on one and i saw "rectocele repair". i called that doctor. and made an appointment.

    i went to that doctor. he did a thorough exam and talked to me in his office. he said i had a grade 4 pelvic organ prolapse, meaning my organs were slipping down on top of my vagina and partly into it. grade 5 is the most severe state of pelvic organ prolapse. he also told me i would need my uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries removed. i walked out of the office in shock. i thought i was going to have a simple rectocele repair and i find out i have pelvic organ prolapse (POP). the doctor did the urodynamics tests because i said i did have frequent urination and sometimes had to rush to the bathroom. i told him i probably drank over 80 ounces of water or white tea daily. he wanted to check out my bladder and urethral function so if anything was wrong, he could fix it during the POP surgery. "one and done"

    the POP surgery was done by the pelvic reconstruction doctor. i agreed with the plan except that i wanted to keep my ovaries because i read that they still secreted some hormone even after menopause. my bowel surgery was done by the colorectal surgeon with the da vinci robot. the colorectal surgeon came in and did his part and then the pelvic reconstruction doctor did his part. it was one surgery that lasted 5 hours. i went home the next day because i was able to urinate. the recovery period was 3 months. no lifting. pain meds when needed. i think the bladder and urethral sling were put in because the doctor did see that when i coughed and my bladder was full, i had a tiny amount of leakage. my urethral sling was put in because the doctor said i had a long urethra and he wanted it supported because of my age (63 at time of surgery). he said these problems just get worse with age.

    the pelvic organ prolapse was due to several factors. i had 3 big children, two weighed 9 pounds and one weighed 8 pounds. using forceps delivery damages vaginal tissues. i had forceps used on all 3 births. my mom had POP surgery for the same reasons, all of us were big babies. so having POP tends to run in families. i am also caucasian and caucasian women tend to have POP more often than any other race.

    there are more complications when women with POP have the mesh put in transvaginally than when they have it done through their abdomen, laparoscopically. that is why my surgeon did it laparoscopically. here is an excellent article on mesh use during POP and during stress incontinence surgery:

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/art-20110300

    i am going to repost the urodynamics information so it can be seen better. i hope it works .
    well, i tried posting the info through different ways, but i keep getting the same size. i think if you change the setting on how large your type is, the pics will also appear larger. i will try and think of some other ways to repost larger.

    thank you for reading,
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    Thank you very much for this useful info, tic chick. I was able to click on the thumbnail and it enlarged it enough

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    Thanks a lot tic chick. I had always been afraid of mesh because I know that some of it has given many problems. Makes me feel better that you have apparently not had any, just in case I have the sling done.
    Virginia

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