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Unread 01-21-2005, 04:31 PM


My ob said that my bladder was pasted to my uterus and they were both pasted up against the scar tissue from my two previous c-sections and the bowel. She said it took her a long time to get them apart. That is as much as I know about it at this time. I'll know more once I read the surgical report which I asked her to mail to me.
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Unread 01-21-2005, 04:43 PM

Hi Susan,

Well from my understanding scar tissue and adhesions are pretty much the same thing. Some people it is excruciating pain while others do not even know they have it. I found a print out on Adhesions that stated that "Adhesions form or re-form post-operatively in the first couple of weeks after surgery". That is not to say that that is what you are feeling...My experience at 7 days post-op was at the worse end of the spectrum - I could not stand up straight for about 6 weeks after my surgery...part of it could have been the pain from the hematoma...(it was the size of a babies head! 10cm) I do recall once I got past the hematoma my pain was on the right side more then the other....but I do not know how much help I am considering still trying to figure out what is going on.
I am rambling...
My point is that I was still in a lot of pain at day 7 post op - and adhesions are painful, you could possibly be facing this...however it could also be too early to tell anything...
Always check with your could be your body trying to tell you something.
Unread 01-21-2005, 06:16 PM

I just got home from the "castle" yesterday. My doctor prescribed 800mg Motrin to be taken three times daily to prevent adhesions. He said the Motrin is anti-inflammatory and helps keep adhesions from forming. So far, I can only tolerate 2 tabs a day as it's been really hard on my stomach, but hopefully I'll be able to work up to three.
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Unread 01-21-2005, 09:06 PM

Hi Kenzo

I too am taking Motrin but between pain pills, pills for nausea, pills for itching because the pain meds make me itchy, and pills to help me sleep ... my stomach can hardly handle any more.

My doctor said to take motrin for inflamation but never mentioned that it would help with adhesions. I will have to ask her about that. But thanks for the info.

Unread 01-22-2005, 07:40 AM

Adhesions are common after surgery. The pain they may cause can be quite severe as can the possible complications they can cause. They are an almost inevitable outcome of surgery - about 95% of women undergoing a hysterectomy will develop adhesions. Not all adhesions will cause pain or problems. Some people go through life never even knowing they have them. Then there are those that can have a small amount of them but suffer a great deal of pain & sometimes ongoing health issues because of them. Their location and what they are adhered to can make a big difference in the issues they may create. Unfortunately our bodies form adhesions after surgery as a defense mechanism to the trauma and tissue/organ handling that takes place during surgery. The formation process begins before we leave the operating room.

The only way to positively diagnosis adhesions is by having lapraoscopic surgery.

Here are a few sites and information that better describe adhesions; why they develop, treatment options & possible prevention:

What Causes Adhesions?

How Are Adhesions Treated?

You might also want to check out the HysterSister Resources section on Adhesions


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