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  • Flare following pelvic reconstruction surgery

    Hi all. . . .

    I'm not a new member here although I may as well be since I haven't been here in a few years.

    Things have been going really well for me over the past few years which has been a tremendous blessing. I was diagnosed with IC in 1999 and am, unfortunately, also a patient with endometriosis. My pain from endo has been nearly non existent for quite some time thanks to a marvelous endo surgeon. I haven't needed any treatment for IC in about 3 years so I've been counting my blessings in both regards.

    Eight weeks ago, on Dec. 11, I had extensive surgery which I believe has triggered a flare in my IC. The surgery was to remove a synthetic mesh sub urethral sling that was implanted in 2009 to treat stress urinary incontinence. I had mesh erosion from the sling shortly after it was implanted in 2009 and lived with the nightmare that ensued for 2 years before I found a doctor I was confident enough in to allow the mesh to be removed. I was so afraid of making a horrible situation worse that I suffered for two long years, afraid to do anything. The surgery I had on Dec 11 also involved vaginoplasty (vaginal reconstruction) to make repairs to a poorly done rectocele repair also done in 2009 as well as a laparotomy to assist in additional mesh removal and to perform a BURCH bladder suspension.

    I expected there to be bladder sensitivity and voiding challenges following such extensive surgery and my course of recovery has been mostly uneventful but now I suspect that my IC has reared it's ugly head. I'm having increasing frequency and pain. I am in close contact with the surgeon and see him again on 2/28.

    The reason I'm here is to ask if anyone else has had a similar experience after surgery.

    Thank you for listening. : )


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    I recently had rectocele repair took forever to heal. But so far everything is o.k Hope your flare goe's away real soon. hugs
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    • #3
      I know I also had endometriosis and had a hysterectomy to try to get rid of the pain. Then I got infections and after serveral months IC began - with a vengence. That was 3 years ago and I haven't found relief yet. It sounds like you had found relief before your surgery so I would be very hopeful that you will also be able to do the same this time. Maybe medication or instils will put it back in check. I hope you feel better soon.

      We are not HUMAN BEINGS going through a temporary SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. We are SPIRITUAL BEINGS going through a temporary HUMAN that we may become more SPIRITUAL.