A few years ago, I had successful surgery to correct my uterine/cystocele prolapse condition. During a follow-up check with my Urologist, he discovered that I had developed a rectocele prolapse. This was confirmed by my gynecologist during my next exam. It was strongly suggested by one of my doctors not to resort to surgery to correct this type prolapse, only as a last resort.
So I researched on the internet to learn for myself why my doctor cautioned me against resorting to surgery as a first choice, and questioned my gynecologist as to what other options I could do to help correct the rectocele prolapse situation, other than surgery. It was suggested to try therapy to strengthen my pelvic floor, and I was referred to Onondaga Physical Therapy in Fairmount where I met my therapist, Nora Greeley.
After hearing my history, as well as my concerns with this new prolapse development, Nora worked with me to develop a plan of exercises (including Kegel exercises), as well as what goal(s) I might have in mind by using this course of therapy to treat my condition. Everyone is different, and one of my goals was to not have to worry so much when I traveled away from home, about having “emergency stops” to a restroom. It is easy to make restroom stops when you are in your home territory, but when traveling away from home, you don’t know where the next bathroom might be. I had been in that “emergency situation” before when I was on trips. That was a big concern for me, the fear of being caught, and having no need to make an “emergency restroom stop.”
As I did my exercises over the next few weeks, my condition improved. I learned important tips on how to help void better; with diet and getting plenty of fluids, be more regular in my bowel movements; and how to strengthen the pelvic floor aids in the function of the internal organs it supports.
So far, I am really happy with the results of my pelvic floor therapy, and would strongly suggest this type of therapy to anyone who is experiencing a prolapse issue. I feel confident that with the plan of exercises and tips I have been given, that I will continue to improve and be able to once again enjoy traveling away from home without having the stress of worrying about where the next bathroom may be.
Thank you Nora for your knowledge of my type prolapse condition, and how it can be improved.