I'm 2 weeks PP and finally beginning to feel like myself again. I had my baby at home, and all went well basically. I had a tear which my midwife deemed a labia abrasion. But I was having some issues healing and went to an OB. The OB said I had a 4th degree tear. I can't even begin to understand why there is such a HUGE discrepancy between what these 2 experienced care providers observed, but this is what I've got to go on for now. OB said that the tear was not internal, and used the word "rare" but didn't exactly say what was rare about it. The OB said that I will probably need to see a colorectal surgeon for repairs to deal with stool incontinence.
I have had only one incidence of incontinence about 5 days after baby came, but I do frequently feel like I've got to rush to the toilet, and have little control. Other than this, I have not had any other symptoms of a 4th degree tear. For example, at 2 weeks I don't have any pain. And when I say no pain, I mean no pain. I can sit up, walk fine, sit on the toilet with no problems, go up and down the stairs, bend over and pick things up, etc.
Assuming that the OB is correct and I do have a 4th degree tear, I would like to hear from some others about healing from this. Specifically about whether you had, or even needed, surgery for stool incontinence. If so, how did work for you. If you chose not to have surgery, how are you dealing with it? Is it possible to recover from a 4th degree tear without having surgery.
I would appreciate hearing anyone's story.