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Unread 01-31-2005, 08:13 PM
Uterus adhered to bladder

I'm a whole six days into post-op from a LAVH, and feeling great! The tummy's still sore, and I can stand for ten to fifteen minutes before I have to lie down...Guess that means I'm slowly feeling better!

Tonight my DH and I discussed what the doctor told him right after my surgery. The doctor told DH that things were "all twisted" in my body...My bladder was adhered to my uterus, and my doctor literally had to scrape the two apart before he could do anything else. The doctor also said that my uterus was 'tilted' at a strange angle, and that my right ovary and fallopian tube were encased in so much scar tissue that removal of the ovarian/fallopian/scar tissue mass would have been impossible without opening me abdominally. Doc ended up leaving the mass and the ovary in place.

I find this interesting because one of the bladder complaints I had before surgery was the fact that when I needed to go, it was a very sudden and very urgent urge. It's been like that ever since I was about 13 years old. However, when I had my tubal ligation five years ago, my doctor then didn't mention anything about the bladder and the uterus being adhered to one another. The scar tissue was there five years ago, though. Bottom line is, since the surgery, I had four days where the bladder was somewhat irritated, but for the past two days I've noticed that I can hold more, hold it longer, and the need to urinate is gradual rather than something that hits with the urgency of a five-alarm urination.

So I'm wondering several things at the moment...How the adhesion could have happened in five years, without me noticing anything? If the uterus tilting strangely was caused by the adhesion, or whether the adhesion was caused by the uterus tilting strangely (if that makes sense)? And finally, has anyone on here had something similar and has the removal of the adhesion and the uterus made a big difference in the long-term?

TIA!
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Unread 01-31-2005, 11:34 PM
Uterus adhered to bladder



Adhesions can be horrible.

There are some great articles in the HysterSister Resources about adhesions:

Adhesion Resources

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

What Causes Adhesions?

How Are Adhesions Treated?



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.

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Unread 02-01-2005, 08:17 AM
Uterus adhered to bladder

Thanks, Lynn!

It's funny, but the only time I had pain from the adhesions on my ovary was when I ovulated on the right side...It was very painful! I never had any pain per se from the uterine/bladder adhesion, but I do wonder if that was part of the reason why I had such bad cramps and pain during my period...It did seem to get progressively worse during the past year leading up to my surgery.

Guess I'll find out more when I talk to my doctor tomorrow
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Unread 02-01-2005, 08:33 AM
I sympathize

Good Morning Tia

Wow, I totally understand where you are coming from on this one.

I too, had to have my uterus and bladder separated as well as my colon and uterus.

It is wonderful to hear that your bladder issues are resolving, I on the other hand am now having to deal with bladder spasms from the trama of surgery. It is getting much much better!

Adhesions, I do not really understand how they form but I know that I was in a great deal of pain from adhesions, endo and adeno. As the years went by the pain increased.

Its sort of the type of question: What came first? The chicken or the egg!

It is good to hear that you are feeling so much better, even at day 6!

Just remember to rest, rest and rest!!


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Unread 02-01-2005, 11:15 PM
Uterus adhered to bladder

My uterus was also plastered to my bladder. My first memory after surgery was waking to the worst pain (worst than labor even). Severe bladder spasms that would not end. They had turned up my IV to flush my bladder during the surgery but the trama caused my bladder to spasm so hard that even cathed i wasn't passing urine. One belladona/opium suppository and 45 minutes later I had 1800 ccs in the cath bag.

Anyways since the TAH I have noticed that i don't have the urgency, I can sneeze, cough and laugh without crossing my legs. I still have to stop and go to the bathroom before we leave the house though - old habits die hard i guess. Once i get back to work I plan on retraining my bladder so that I only go to the bathroom at a normal rate.
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Unread 02-01-2005, 11:39 PM
Uterus adhered to bladder

Thank you for starting this thread. I have been told that my uterus is adhered to my colon, I'm having problems with bowel movements and rectal bleeding because of it. Since it's adhered to the colon it's got my uterus set at a laid back angle which puts alot of pressure on my bladder so now I'm leaking urine in little drips all day long. Also when I gotta go - I gotta go right now. It's like the TV commercial.
Adhesions can grow very rapidly. I had 2 laps and an exploratory laparotomy in 9 months period of time several years ago and they found new adhesions every time. They removed them each time, but I found that I still had trouble.
I can't say as far as long term; I'm still awaiting my gyn appt to set up the hyst, I am hoping that they will do it soon.
I'm so glad that you are feeling better. Remember to get lots of rest and drink lots of water - it helps flush the body of all the toxins and meds from the anesthesia, and it keeps everything moving.
Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Tammy
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Unread 02-02-2005, 04:42 AM
re adhesions

Hi, I also had a uterus stuck to the bladder. Since there was a cancer risk, my consultant did remove the uterus and of course the ovaries. I did and still have scar tissue problems with this, and am today going to have some accupuncture to see if this relieves the symptoms of soreness etc. I have also had voltarol, an anti inflamatrory drug, which also is a pain killer, and that seems to be working , but what will happen when I stop taking them, I don't know. My occupational therepy dept, at work is referring me for this treatment, so that I can go back to work at the end of Feb. without the discomfort, which I have now. I also had bladder spasms, although they are less nowerdays. My uterus was also tilted. But I don't know why that was. Hope you feel better soon. Best wishes to you, and take it easy!!!!
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