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Not IBS: Just had 2nd rectal prolapse repair with new mesh

I have suffered from chronic constipation and rectal/abdominal pain for years since my 20s.

I had my first rectal prolapse repair in my 20s with biological mesh which I was warned may need replacing. It broke down and my symptoms of excruciating rectal and abdominal pain and incomplete evacuation began. I have just had a new tough plastic mesh fitted and am three days post op. The results are amazing already I can pass BMs without pain. I can recommend an Australian pelvic floor physiotherapist who posts free videos ''How to Empty Your Bowels Without Straining - on YouTube by Michelle Kenway". So for anyone suffering painful BMs this advice really helped me and I hope it helps you. The hospitals don't teach you how to go again after surgery and it is nerve wracking.

I was initially diagnosed with IBS years ago until someone asked me to 'bear down' and then they realised I had a full external prolapse. So if you feel a bulge in your bottom or like there is a tennis ball there when you sit up from lying down, do get it checked out.

I have to ensure that I never become constipated again as straining will damage me. So I am now experimenting with doses of movicol and will be moving onto stool softeners soon. Last year I thought I had a bowel obstruction as I didn't go for over a week and my 27 inch tummy swelled to 42 inches. I hadn't paid attention to my diet, fluid intake or BMs.

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Forgot this link which matches my experience and journey



Hi there, this is good to hear. How are you doing now? What was the name of your operation? I have a rectal prolapse (internal) and it is making me miserable, affecting my life in every way. I have been offered a laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy with a Mr DIxon in Bristol. This is using synthetic mesh. Naturally scared to go ahead as I am only 29. So it's nice to hear a positive story. Where did you have your surgery & who did it? X


Hi Just wondering if you had this op as I will be having the same op in Durham.


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