If you are considering surgery for a prolapsed bladder, take note that not all treatment of bladder prolapse work for all patients. And most often, their recurrence rate is high even after surgery. What are some of the suggested dos and don’ts to keep a bladder prolapse from recurring?
Plan a regular nap. During the recovery period following a bladder prolapse operation, you are instructed to have a complete rest. As an effect of surgery, you may feel like you are always tired and anxious about not being able to do the things that you normally do. But you must remember that this is normal. You may gradually resume to your daily activities, but you must also plan a regular resting time in-between these exercises.
Avoid abdominal exercises and prolonged positions. Crunches, sit-ups, pilates exercises, and prolonged sitting or standing must be completely shunned as these push the pelvic floor downward and affects its support to the pelvic organs. Instead of these heavy exercises, opt for something lighter like walking. Coughing, sneezing, and even laughing may also induce pressure in the abdomen. In normal responses such as these, splinting the abdomen with a pillow may help lessen abdominal pressure build-up.
Carrying objects must be limited to 10 kilograms. Lifting anything heavier than 20 lbs, especially for a long period of time, is not a healthy habit after a bladder prolapse. This may strain your abdominal muscles further. Also, do not bear down or hold your breath if you really have to lift something even when it is light.
Treat your constipation. If you are prone to constipation episodes, make sure to drink lots of water and include high-fiber foods in your weekly grocery list. Passing soft stools keep you from straining your pelvic muscles. If you have a difficult constipation, you may want to discuss other alternative treatments with your doctor.
Abstain from sexual activities until all surgical incisions have all healed. It is normal for patients to have dyspareunia (pain during intercourse) up to six weeks following prolapse repair. To prevent further injury to the vaginal walls, avoidance in sexual practices may help.
Follow doctor’s specific instructions and report back for a check-up. Complications may still occur even when your doctor thinks that you have a successful operation. It is best to have a regular clinic visit so any possible signs of negative effects may be promptly identified and corrected.
The recurrence of prolapse may also be triggered by the patient’s unexpected reaction to a synthetic mesh that is often used as a hammock to provide better support to the weakened muscles below the pelvic floor. If you have just had a prolapse repair recently, ask your doctor if a foreign material like the mesh was used. You do not want to end up filing for a vaginal mesh lawsuit just to receive monetary compensations for injuries that are impossible to reverse.