Meet Vicky, 63
I’m 63 years old, and am a mother, and grandmother of two. In 2012, I found out I had prolapse of my bladder. It was uncomfortable, but I was nervous about having surgery at my age and felt like it wasn’t that bad. In 2016, my uterus and rectum also prolapsed. Not only was it scary, but I was worried people would be able to see it through my clothes. I stopped going to the gym because I didn’t want anything to show through my workout clothes. When I went to the beach, I wore gym shorts over my swim suit to hide the prolapse. And I when I went to Disney World with my family, I bought skorts instead of shorts for the same reason. At this point, I realized I had to do something about this.
My surgeon told me that my options were a pessary (for the bladder prolapse) or a surgical prolapse repair with a hysterectomy procedure. I did not want the pessary, so I chose the surgery. I chose the vaginal (or Hidden Scar) approach because my surgeon recommended it and had a lot of experience with this approach. He preferred the Hidden Scar approach as he could do the hysterectomy and prolapse repair all at the same time, and I trusted his recommendation.
I was dreading the surgery because I was worried about pain and recovery. I also did not want to be recovering for a long time. I have a full a time job, exercise regularly, and have two young grandchildren to keep up with. On the day of surgery, I told the anesthesiologist and my surgeon that I wanted to feel just as good afterwards that I do now. And I did!
I had my surgery on a Tuesday. My procedure was done 100% vaginally. My surgery was about 3.5 hours. After the surgery, I had no post-op pain! I did not ever take pain medication (hydrocodone) that was prescribed. I did take one Motrin in Recovery because the nurses offered it to me, but I don’t think I needed it. I’m telling you, I felt great! I am so relieved and happy.
I was home the next day on Wednesday, and was able to climb the stairs in my apartment complex like it was nothing. In fact, I felt so good – I wanted to vacuum my floor that day! I was walking around my apartment complex on Thursday. It took me two weeks to get back to driving, and I was back to work 4 weeks earlier than expected. I had to remind myself to rest!
Now, I’m 6 weeks out of surgery. I’m not scared to wear workout clothes, bathing suits or shorts anymore. In fact, I’m planning to go back to the gym this week. I’ve been fixed and I’m good to go!
Having the surgery was the best decision I ever made. I just wish I hadn’t waited as long.