The Most Basic Advice

If any doctor or specialist diagnoses you with any one prolapse (bladder, rectal, vaginal), it is critical that you not allow a single prolapse repair. First find an ob/gyn who is experienced in evaluating and treating pelvic prolapse (which views the entire condition of the pelvic organs).

If the single prolapse is due to a weakened pelvic floor condition or another pelvic issue, other organs may be impacted and the surgery may lead to the next prolapse. A trained ob/gyn will decide in which order the prolapse(s) needs to be repaired. Having a single repair and then learning of the pelvic prolapse can cause complications.

It's your body. Take charge and get a second opinion from a board certified ob/gyn who has adopted viewing any organ prolapse as potentially pelvic prolapse.


Connecting the Missing Dots

It has been so long since I've kept this blog up to date. I reread my posts and realized there is a blank ending at the end of the 12/22/08 post where Dr. DeLeo had read my MRI, informed me of an ovarian cyst, and scheduled a laparoscopy to remove the cyst followed several weeks later by the rectocele.

When I awoke from the laparoscopy, she informed me there had been no cyst but she "cleaned things up" and I would be fine. All okay for the next surgery. In retrospect, Brian would say she viewed me as her "cash cow".  In my earlier post I explained what happened following her rectocele. I was hospitalized requiring a transfusion due to hemorrhaging during surgery. A week after surviving that ordeal, I experienced a rectal abscess.

Brian had called Dr. DeLeo's office a week after the botched up rectocele. I had already made the decision to take myself out of her care but Brian thought she was the one who needed to determine if what I was experiencing was a post surgery issue. All I can say is that I had painful burning. Her office told me I was to do nothing. Later that day, the burning had intensified to where I was crying. I called the Penn State Medicine after hours nurse triage line. They told me to go to the emergency room right away and they would call ahead to say I was coming.

I had only a half-hour wait in a packed waiting room. Via CT scan, an abscess was identified. A drain had to be put into my back and I was in the hospital about five days with no food. I had to return home with the drain still in my back. I was a physical and emotional mess. The drain was finally removed and I had a follow up appointment with the doctor in charge of the colo-rectal department, Dr. McKenna. By that time I was so fearful of the previous surgeries handled by Dr. DeLeo. I asked Dr. McKenna if everything else looked okay in my pelvic area.

He replied it looked okay except for a cyst on my ovary.

To be continued in next post.

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