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Unread 11-04-2013, 09:04 AM
Adhesions between bowel and vaginal cuff

I'm curious if anyone else experienced anything close to this. I'm told I have adhesions, the worst one being between my bowel and my vaginal cuff. After any kind of penetration, I have swelling and pain, as well as constipation. Once I finally have a bowel movement, everything starts to resolve. The guy that did my TVT sling tried to free this adhesion, but was afraid of nicking my bowel and backed off. Being single, it was easy to avoid penetration.

Now, I've got this 7 cm cyst on my right ovary, and have had 2 vaginal ultrasounds, which started up the pain, swelling, and constipation. I thought I had it all resolved again, but was feeling more than a little full, so I called the family doc to see what he could do to make me more comfortable until I see the Urogyn I've been referred to, because of this adhesion. He did an x-ray and found I was backed up with poo. I've been on Miralax for over a week and have gone a whole lot, but I still feel very bloated, similar to having a baby up under my ribs. I've also been very gassy since staring the Miralax. I've got a call into my family doc again.

Has anyone had this kind of adhesion? Am I stuck with it? Can I ever have a "normal" sex life again? Is my bowel kinking with penetration?
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Unread 11-06-2013, 04:27 AM
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Oh my!!!! This sounds horrible for you. I'm sorry I do not have any information for you, but wanted to wish you all the best. I do hope you are able to get this resolved.
Unread 11-08-2013, 01:07 PM
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I'm REALLY starting to feel whiny. This surgery can't happen soon enough for me. The family doc said he does think that my bowel is being kinked--I guess it's in my records and I just forgot the doc did say that after he tried to free the adhesion in '07 (I was still in a morphine-induced haze). So, I stay on Miralax. Hopefully, the Urogyn can make me more comfortable until I finally have surgery. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers!
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Unread 11-08-2013, 03:41 PM
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My bowel adhered to my vaginal cuff. The two were separated when I saw an endometriosis specialist for excision surgery several years after my hysterectomy. I had a lot of bowel and bloating issues that were resolved following the surgery.

One thing to remember is that surgery can cause more adhesions, so you want to be sure your surgeon uses some techniques to minimize the formation of more of them. In my case, an adhesion barrier was used. The surgery was almost 6 years ago and I am still doing well.

I wish you well!

Unread 11-09-2013, 09:28 PM
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I am 1 1/2 years post hyster and have just been diagnosed with cancer between the vaginal wall and the rectum. I am scheduled for surgery on Wed and it will be a tough one. I've been warned that I may end up with a colostomy and I have no idea if the cancer has spread. This is a rare thing to happen and probably only happens to 2% of the people who have a hysterectomy. Lucky me! I doubt seriously if most people with these symptoms are in my boat, but my GYN was smart enough to order an ultra sound which confirmed it. I was then sent back to my Gynecologic Oncologist. I have great confidence in him and wrote him this poem:

A Patient’s Plea

Today my life is in someone’s hands
Someone else holds my fate
I have to hope that those hands are calm
and the cut is both clean and straight

This someone has chosen a caring life
A life that is noble and pure
It isn't for the money and fame
But more for the chance to cure

The surgeon has given up many things
That others would not forego
They stayed up late and studied hard
Because surgeons needed to know...

They needed to know the how and the when
They needed to know the why
Because being wrong was a terrible thing
And someone would probably die

While others were getting on with their lives
The doctor was still working hard
Honing a craft that demanded strong skills
A career where they must be on guard

On guard against stress and distractions and fear,
On guard against ego and gloom
For those are all things that just have no place
In the hospital operating room

There can be no fear or the hand won’t be true,
And skill is certainly key
For without knowledge and skill dedication will fail
And the person to suffer is me

My future is in your hands today
My family and friends and my life
So promise me Dr. that you’ll take good care
When I go under your knife

Use all that skill and your heart and your hands
And know that you've given your best
And if worse comes to worse and the outcome is bad
Keep going for all of the rest

Unread 11-11-2013, 11:50 PM
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Ugh. Had my appointment with the UroGyn today. I'm very happy with his thoroughness, but bummed because his schedule is full until January, unless someone cancels. He's going to do the DaVinci surgery, and says he can be much more precise with the DaVinci. He said he'd feel much less confident if he opened me up and did it by hand (My Mom had concerns about the DaVinci). He wants me to have a colonoscopy as well as the pre-surgery physical and heart clearance before surgery.

He said it's also in my records that my left ovary is "wrapped up in adhesions". He feels I need to remove it as well, not only because of the adhesions choking it, but also, he feels the 2 cm cyst will only grow and I'll need another surgery. His opinion has a lot of weight with me, so I guess I'm going to go with removing it too. Another bummer, the 7 cm cyst is now 8 cm. I'm going to post another thread, asking how one would go about trying to avoid a cyst bursting.

I mentioned that adhesion barrier you talked about, Weiser, and he says he can do that.

So, I'm happy I feel like I can trust this doctor, but feeling inpatient and whiny about how long I have to continue to feel like crap.

The only thing I didn't like was when he did the pelvic exam part, I asked if he could please take it easy and explained how the adhesion acts, kinking my bowel, and causing me pain for days after penetration. I also asked his nurse to tell him beforehand. It still felt like he was digging for gold. Now I'm sore yet again. If I get to feeling much more uncomfortable, I'm going to have to ask for at least some tramadol or codeine, which really doesn't appeal to me much, since pain meds will make the constipation worse. I've tried ice and heat before, and neither work. Anyone have any other ideas?
Unread 12-12-2013, 07:04 AM
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Well, I had the colonoscopy yesterday. Nothing wrong in there. 1 hurdle before surgery down, 2 to go. I have to say, many of my friends, IRL, told me I'd feel much more "light" after the colon cleanse. Nope, I feel bloated and gassy. That's normal, the doc tells me. I'm waiting to hear from the urogyn's surgery scheduler now, so the countdown can begin again.
Unread 12-12-2013, 07:41 AM
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Mines a little different but my cyst was wrapped and twisted my bowels. I know when I have a cyst I feel bloated and uncomfortable all the time.
Unread 12-13-2013, 08:15 AM
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I'm glad at least the colonoscopy was clear. I hope you can get a date soon. At least January is not far off.
Unread 12-31-2013, 05:47 PM
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Everything happened very fast (I think, anyway). I found out the surgeon had a cancellation for yesterday on Saturday. I had to hurry and get some magnesium sulfate and stuff for a liquid diet. I had the surgery yesterday. I'm swelly and sore, but he said I should feel like a new woman soon. I've got 5 1 inch or smaller incisions. I was only in surgery for about an hour and a half. My pain level was only about a 5 all night. The first thing I noticed when I woke up this morning is that my joint pain was GONE! I'm home now, so if I wake up tomorrow with joint pain, I'll know it's caused by something in my environment. I drank a prune juice with every meal, and had a bm in the middle of the night last night! So far, my belly doesn't look smaller, but I'm sure it will. I'm SO happy I didn't have to wait longer!

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