URETHRAL something.... does anyone know what my GYN was talking about?

  1. she said that I have the beginning stages of a bladder and rectal prolapse, nothing visible, nothing protruding, no incontinence, just "weakening of the tissues" after two kids. I came in with suspecting this, since things feel different since I had my second baby, if you know what I mean. I had the intrusive feeling like everything down there is so much weaker and sort "caving in" for a while... She said that the urethra is actually weakened and "lowered" ...she used a latin word "urethral something"...does any of you know the word? ...You GYN nurses, what can you tell me about this condition? Is it very common? I am only thirty years old and had my second kid a year ago. The doc is advising against surgery at this point. She told me to do Kegels for about a half a year to a year and think about wether I'm planning on having more babies (since that would make any surgery pointless). she will re-evaluate in a year or so. Do the Kegels really bring significant improvement? What does the surgery involve?

    Thanks for input everyone
    Last edit by estrogen on Sep 19, '05 : Reason: spelling, wordnig
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from estrogen
    she said that I have the beginning stages of a bladder and rectal prolapse, nothing visible, nothing protruding, no incontinence, just "weakening of the tissues" after two kids. I came in with suspecting this, since things feel different since I had my second baby, if you know what I mean. I had the intrusive feeling like everything down there is so much weaker and sort "caving in" for a while... She said that the urethra is actually weakening and "lowered" ...she used a latin word "urethral something"...does any of you know the word? ...You GYN nurses, what can you tell me about this condition? Is it very common? I am only thirty years old and had my second kid a year ago. The doc is advising against surgery at this point. She told me to do Kegels for about a half a year to a year and think about wether I'm lanning on having more babies (since that would make any surgery pointless). she will re-evaluate in a year or so. Do the Kegels really bring significant improvement? What does the surgery involve?

    Thanks for input everyone
    Hello, estrogen,

    The word is urethrocele. Cystocele is prolapse of the bladder. Rectocele, the rectum.

    Common with multips. And, having the surgical repair, as you said, before finishing your child bearing, is not advised.

    Yes, Kegel exercise is an excellent recommendation in the early stages.
  4. by   estrogen
    Quote from siri
    Hello, estrogen,

    The word is urethrocele. Cystocele is prolapse of the bladder. Rectocele, the rectum.

    Common with multips. And, having the surgical repair, as you said, before finishing your child bearing, is not advised.

    Yes, Kegel exercise is an excellent recommendation in the early stages.

    Thanks, Siri. Actually she said something else... I know about urethrocele, cystocele and rectocele. But she said another word. Urethral something ...and it wasn't prolapse either.
    Last edit by estrogen on Sep 19, '05
  5. by   fourbirds4me
    Kegels DO work... however if done incorrectly can do more harm than good... this article is good and instructions are at the bottom... make sure you allow relaxation of perineal muscles between Kegels... http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003975.htm
  6. by   sirI
    Quote from estrogen
    Thanks, Siri. Actually she said something else... I know about what urethrocele, cystocele and rectocele is. But she said another word. Urethral something ...and it wasn't prolapse either.
    Hi again,

    Been in OB-GYN for longer than I care to admit, and, never have used another name for utrethral prolapse.
  7. by   JeannaRN
    Quote from estrogen
    Thanks, Siri. Actually she said something else... I know about urethrocele, cystocele and rectocele. But she said another word. Urethral something ...and it wasn't prolapse either.
    I have a periurethral defect---could that be the word? Kegals do NOT work with this--been doing them for years! I need a laparoscopic Burch Colposuspension.
  8. by   estrogen
    Quote from JeannaRN
    I have a periurethral defect---could that be the word? Kegals do NOT work with this--been doing them for years! I need a laparoscopic Burch Colposuspension.
    Nope, I think you're getting close with this, but I wanna say it was urethral something-ation. Are you still weighing out wether to have the surgery or not? What does such a surgery involve?

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