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    Wasn't sure where to post this but thought I would start here. I was diagnosed with IC in early 04 while undergoing preop testing prior to surgery for cystocele, rectocele, and bladder sling so something good came out of the preop testing since I've had IC for the better part of my life and just thought it was normal to feel the way I did for all those years. Anyway to get to my question. I've never with the IC had much of a problem with urinary incontinence but right prior to the surgery I was having some problems after the bladder sling surgery it went back to pretty much where I didn't have problems wiht incontinence well the problems have started again. I've made an appt with the uro but was wondering if anyone knows the usual lenghth of time the sling is supposed to last? Has anyone had to have the surgery redone? My rectocele is also coming back so I guess that will also have to be redone.

    Thanks in advance for any responses.

    With Hugs for all and prayers for the cure
    Deb

  • #2
    The surgeries should not have to be redone. The only thing I can think of that could bring on the problems again would be a lot of straining for bowel movements or to urinate.

    What does your doctor say?

    Donna
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    • #3
      Deb,
      I had the same exact surgery in September 2005 with the addition of a complete hyster. I have not had any of the issues that you are describing. I have had some "streching" of the muscles which is a good thing because they were too tight. Never did I feel as if my rectum was falling back into the vaginal cavity.

      I say it is time to call your Doctor who did the procedures. I really haven't ever heard of someone having it done twice.

      Please PM me if you need anymore inforamtion.
      Betsy
      BBB - Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe IC (age 12), Severe PFD and V V (age 21), IBS (from birth) & Gastroparesis (age 42)

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      • #4
        thanks

        Thanks for the replies, I did make an appointment. I went to the bladder sling boards and apparently its not uncommon for this to happen. Anyway I will know more on the 4th. Again thanks and hugs to you both.

        Deb

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        • #5
          Hey Deb,
          I guess it is like anything else, it can slip or move or scar over. I hope you don't have to go through another surgery.

          I do think I have some adhesions from mine. Will you please let me know what your doctor tells you? I would be very interested.
          Thanks,
          Betsy
          BBB - Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe IC (age 12), Severe PFD and V V (age 21), IBS (from birth) & Gastroparesis (age 42)

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          • #6
            I had a hysterectomy along with anterior and posterior repairs. Eight months later I had a urethral sling placed. I was told by my Dr (UROGYN)that the urethral sling should never have to be redone, however the GYN who did the hyster (I switched Dr's) said its possible for A&P repairs to start failing around the 7 year mark. Its very important to obey lifting restrictions (I was given a 25# limit) and also keeping yourself regular so as not to have to strain during BM's--these two things put way too much pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. Also, Kegal's are a girls best friend (if your bladder is tolerant). I find Kegal's to be very soothing to the bladder area, and they also help me to void completely.

            Of course, the only person who will be able to give you accurate information regarding your personal medical history is your physician.

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            • #7
              Thanks

              Thanks for the replies and I will let you know Betsy. From everything I'm reading the slings are much better now then they were even 3 years ago. But I'm with you I hate to have to go through that again. (

              Take care everyone

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              • #8
                Thanks Deb. Interesting that they have come that far. Ok, I just have to ask, was it not the worst to have the stiches that anchored the sling to the outside removed? OMG, it was for me, so very painful!
                BBB - Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe IC (age 12), Severe PFD and V V (age 21), IBS (from birth) & Gastroparesis (age 42)

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                • #9
                  I didn't have to have stitches removed.

                  Donna
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                  Elmiron Eye Disease Fact Sheet (Downloadable) - https://www.ic-network.com/wp-conten...nFactSheet.pdf

                  Have you checked the ICN Shop?
                  Click on ICN Shop at the top of this page. You'll find Bladder Builder and Bladder Rest, both of which we are finding have excellent results.

                  Patient Help: http://www.ic-network.com/patientlinks.html

                  Sub-types https://www.ic-network.com/five-pote...markably-well/

                  Diet list: https://www.ic-network.com/interstitial-cystitis-diet/

                  AUA Guidelines: https://www.ic-network.com/aua-guide...tial-cystitis/

                  I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.
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                  • #10
                    i had complete pelvic reconstruction this summer...i will ask my urogyn when i see her this thurs about the possiblitiy of reherniation. i know it's POSSIBLE, but when following the instructions...i'm curious. i'm also unsure of how i'm supposed to NOT lift over 25 lbs since my son now weighs about 19. but i can also feel myself reherniating slightly (and i can see it too...).

                    good luck and let us know how it goes.
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                    Tracy ~ 29 years old with Toxoplasmosis (from birth), Fibro/CFS (since age 13...ouch), severe IC, IBS-D, severe PFD (surgery made it even worse), vulvodynia, hiatal hernia, GERD, ulcers, severe gastritis, numbness/tingling in extremeties, pelvic nerve damage--mainly urethral, urinary retention, pelvic reconstruction 7.10.07 (fixed rectocele, rectal prolapse, lifted bladder, urethra, uterus, and repaired vaginal walls), Raynaud's, 2 severely herniated discs in neck and one in low back, anemia, PCOS, anxiety/depression/panic attacks (since forever). Still having major bowel problems (inability to empty rectum...any ideas?? ).

                    I'd like to be on House, MD as a medical mystery.

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                    Tried and failed: Elavil, Ultram, Prosed DS, Benadryl, Bentyl, Valium, Ativan, Zanaflex, Librax, Sanctura (all caused retention among other things), bladder instills (owwwwww!), Elmiron (allergic-throat tightening). Failed Interstim-no feeling in sacral nerves...

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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      I know several people that have had to have their surgery over, I had a new type of bladder sling and my uro did it vaginally, no stitches had to be removed, and it was really one of the easiest surgeries I have had, except no bladder meds like ditropan for 6 weeks after. It doesn't let the bladder train and heal right after surgery. My sling is the new strong type, I had it 2 years ago, but alot of doctors still do it the old fashion way, and they sometimes have to be redone, especially in active people. Good luck, I asked what type of sling and investigated them on mayo clinic's website and several others. I wanted the latest up to date. I can even jump on a trampoline. My sisters have all had them and they had the gynecologists do them and they all had problems, I had my urologist do mine and no problems.

                      Kelly

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                      • #12
                        I'm seeing a uro next week for a second opinionon my IC. I also know I need a bladder sling...have for some time but have been putting it off. I'm wondering if the surgery is would be an irritant for my bladder and maybe cause more IC problems.. Anyone had that problem?

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                        • #13
                          I want to post about my doctor appointment and Interstim implant.

                          I have been put on a 3 month waiting list for a trial Interstim. The specialist I saw tells me that not only will it help with my IC pain, he said it would help with my chronic pelvic pain, my back pain and help my bowels. He said i am a good candidate for the device. He said it wold also help with my bladder leaking : )

                          The doctor at the Pelvic Floor Center in Minneapolis tells me basically I have nerves that are miss-firing and they are sending messages of pain to my brain. He says that these nerves some how start sending the wrong message.

                          I have PFD and CPP, my exam hurt but went fine.

                          I do not want to wait the 3 months if it will help me with all of these areas of pain.

                          The doctor tells me my Burch or what he called 'a bladder vault suspension' is still intact, he believes my bladder tack is also holding.. He doesnt want to go in and operate or remove the scar tissue. He says i am at the age where i should start menopause so when that happens the endometrosis will stop growing.

                          I had POP in 2002.

                          This doctor is going to try to set up some PFD pelvic floor PT : ) I live in Rural ND so this part may be difficult to get a PT with pelvic floor experience to come here. Diagnosed with PFD on 5/25/12.

                          I also had a bladder scope and the Dr. gave me some peridium s.p. to numb the bladder and an Rx of Tramadol...it seems to help some.

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