Risks and Complications of the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
1) Dizziness after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- After the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair, nausea and vomiting may be experienced, as a side effect of the General Anesthesia, which is noted to be relieved as soon as its effect wears off.
2) Post-operative pain after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- Pain at/or around the surgical wound may be felt as soon as the anesthetic wears off, which is relieved by pain medications prescribed. You should take a rest and refrain from working as it may cause bruising and severe pain. Should you have more pain or tension around the surgical wound, please do not hesitate to come to see Dr. Vitasna.
- Occasionally, you may experience itchiness, irritation or tension around the surgical wound, which will completely heal in 4-6 weeks.
- In a few days after the surgery, you may experience an urge to pass stool (straining), and a sense of incomplete emptying, even after the enema before the surgery. This is caused by the sutured posterior vaginal wall between rectum and vagina. Taking a rest is recommended to reduce this symptom. Laxatives will be given to prevent constipation.
3) Difficulty in urinating after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- Usually you are catheterized for 3 days after the surgery. Then, when the tension of vaginal muscle disappears, you will be able to urinate by yourself. Some women, less than 1%, may experience difficulty urinating and may be catheterized for more than 3 days after the surgery.
- At home, some women may subsequently experience difficulty urinating especially in the first 5-7 days after the surgery. This is due to incomplete bladder emptying that will cause urinary tract infection. If so, please contact our Center to ask for advice or please come to see Dr. Vitasna for the treatment.
4) Abnormal vaginal bleeding after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- Abnormal bleeding after the surgery, which may lead to blood clot formation, is seldom noted with less than 1% of the surgeries, possibly caused by walking and other activities. Aspirin and other anti-coagulant drugs should be avoided at least 10-15 days before and after the scheduled surgery.
- If excessive bleeding from the surgical wound occurs after the surgery, all expenses for services and treatment for this post-surgical complication will no longer be charged to you. However, if the bleeding or other complications occur due to your non-compliance with the doctor’s orders, you will be charged accordingly.
5) Abnormal vaginal discharge after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- You may experience abnormal vaginal discharge, a green-yellowish discharge after the surgery, because the vagina is full of secretion fluid and various kinds of bacteria. This can cause reaction to the surgical wound and sutures. Complete absorption of the sutures will usually occur within 6-8 weeks. Green-yellowish discharge may also persist during this time.
- You may have vaginal itching or curd like discharge as a result of vaginal fungal infection, possibly following taking antibiotic to avoid post-operative infection, and needing oral anti-fungal medication or suppository.
6) Inflammation or infection after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- The probability of wound infection after the surgery is possible, because the surgical wound in the vagina may constantly be prone to contamination because of the fluid from vaginal tract, urinary tract, and alimentary (fecal) tract. Mostly the inflammation or infection of the wound may happen to any women who fail to follow the instructions, follow the instructions incorrectly, have existing diseases such as diabetes, or have vaginal infection before the surgery.
- Inflammation or infection after the surgery may cause complications such as wound deformation, suture mark (scar), or wound tearing which leads to abnormal bleeding from surgical wound. The vaginal scar located at the G-Spot may interrupt sexual gratification.
7) Leakage between vagina and neighboring organs after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- Leakage between rectum and vagina (or bladder and vagina) is theoretically considered a rare occurrence. If you have some vaginal fluid with urine or feces-like smell, please inform Dr. Vitasna immediately for prompt diagnosis and treatment of such symptom before worsening.
8) Unsatisfactory results after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair
- This surgery has limitations and cannot absolutely ensure results and satisfaction, because there are many other factors influencing the surgical result and satisfaction. In case of unsatisfactory results, correction surgery may be performed as appropriate and possible. In this respect, you and the physician should come to discuss for the solution together.
- If correction surgery wound occurs from the complication of this surgery, all expenses for services and treatment will no longer be charged to you. However, if the unsatisfactory results occur due to the complication from your non-compliance with the doctor’s orders, you will be charged accordingly.
Check-up: Dr. Vitasna usually requires you to come for a follow up check-up 1-2 weeks after the Anterior-Posterior Vaginal Repair. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.