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has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery??? has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

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  #61  
Unread 04-04-2006, 01:22 PM
I Don't Think It Worked

Hi Sisters,
I am 10 days out from the lap to remove massive adhesions. I still feel the same pain that I had before this lap. The doctor told me he released bowels that were tangled together with adhesions, and released the vaginal cuff from my bladder, so why so I feel the exact same? Why can't I still have any pressure applied to the orignal TAH/BSO scar that is almost 3 years old without it feeling like a fresh bruise, like it has all along? Does this mean I had this surgery for nothing? I am so depressed by all this. All these tests and all these different doctors to lead to this surgery to feel the same? I don't get it. After all this, my mental state is going downhill very fast. I know so many woman, my own mother & sister who had a TAH and never looked back. Now where do I turn??? I think it is finally time to just give up. Will be going for my two week post-op visit on Thursday, what am I supposed to say? That I feel the same way I did before? What could the doctor possible suggest now? I want my old life back, the one that the TAH/BSO took from me.
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  #62  
Unread 04-04-2006, 02:11 PM
Don't settle for "it's normal post-op discomfort"--pursue answers!

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Hi Sisters,
I am 10 days out from the lap to remove massive adhesions. I still feel the same pain that I had before this lap. The doctor told me he released bowels that were tangled together with adhesions, and released the vaginal cuff from my bladder, so why so I feel the exact same? Why can't I still have any pressure applied to the orignal TAH/BSO scar that is almost 3 years old without it feeling like a fresh bruise, like it has all along? Does this mean I had this surgery for nothing? I am so depressed by all this. All these tests and all these different doctors to lead to this surgery to feel the same? I don't get it. After all this, my mental state is going downhill very fast. I know so many woman, my own mother & sister who had a TAH and never looked back. Now where do I turn??? I think it is finally time to just give up. Will be going for my two week post-op visit on Thursday, what am I supposed to say? That I feel the same way I did before? What could the doctor possible suggest now? I want my old life back, the one that the TAH/BSO took from me.
I can take the liberty to say "I know how you feel" because I have been there! I am still in pain from my hyst 4 years ago and going for my 2nd vaginal ultrasound tomorrow (with a cast on my leg from surgery 2 weeks ago!!). I am DETERMINED to get an answer for my left-sided pelvic pain. I have been treated for Pudendal Nerve Entrapment and this pain is not related. I KNOW there is something WRONG in there....gee, the words of my gyn who did the hyst are still ringing in my ears: "Linda, it was not supposed to turn out this way..". One would think that an asociate professor in a major medical school of GYNECOLOGY would pursue all channels to find out what was causing her patient so much pain. So far the only REAL help I have received has been from HysterSisters....THANK YOU, LADIES!!!!! We owe it to each other to share our stories and be there for support through the rough times and cheer for the successes! Whatsnormal, get well soon. Stay on your doctor....insist on help and answers.
  #63  
Unread 04-04-2006, 02:13 PM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

Oh, my goodness.....I am SOOOOOO very sorry! I had such high hopes for you that this surgery would solve all your pains. I don't know what to tell you, except to try to hang in there. Maybe you are still feeling pain from the surgery and as time goes by, maybe it will get a little better. Please hang in there...sending you lots of <<hugs>> and prayers! You do need to be truthful with the doctor when you see him. Unfortunately, I don't know what he will suggest, but he does need to know if it didn't work. Take care,
Lisa
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  #64  
Unread 04-05-2006, 12:22 PM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

It has only been 10 days, give yourself a little more time. They do a lot of stuff in there, move things all over the place. 2 surgeries ago for me I felt the same way and after about 3wks. i started to feel myself again. DON'T give up on hope girl! We all know what you are feeling. If you need to talk email me or any of the sisters we are more then happy to listen. Take care, get rest.
Blessings,
  #65  
Unread 04-06-2006, 10:58 AM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

As (((Nan))) says, ten days isn't much. You are probably still absorbing the gas they use for the laparoscopy, which does put pressure on healing tissues. My last laparoscopy, where they did a lot of work and some bowel repairs, took at least three weeks to feel any semblance of normal...and I had pain for a good couple of weeks after that (although I was able to return to work). You had a LOT of work and manipulation done through those small incisions, and it involves a lot of stirring up of all the organs inside. It takes time for all that bruising, etc. to heal! I know it's hard to be patient, particularly when they found so much inside, but the bowel, etc. are going to be bruised and tender for a bit more time as they heal and try to resume their "normal" positions after so long being tethered by all the adhesions.

I hope that the adhesion barrier works well for you, but I wouldn't count on it to speed your healing any...its purpose is to keep anything new from forming on those raw areas. They're not 100%, unfortunately, but it's worth the try to keep inflammation down.

Remember that you are still a -- in fact, now more than ever. Be very careful in these early healing days and be kind to yourself. If it takes four weeks or so to feel better, remember that's a short period of time for hopefully years of improved health!



Audrey
  #66  
Unread 04-06-2006, 11:33 AM
Saw Pictures!

Hi Sisters,
Wanted to update you all who have been so wonderful with kind words and your own stories (nothing better than knowing you are not alone!). Anyway, surgeon told me that I do have admonial wall syndrome, can't really do anything for that, from trauma of surgery, but, like I told him, I have gotten used to the bruised feeling in the abdomen, and keeping away from tight jeans, not happy about it, but after amost 3 years, used to it. This other pain I was NOT used to! Anyway, he showed me pictures of how my large & small bowels had virtualy become one, then on the other side, how the large bowel was twisted into a knot, and all held down with adhesions. So when food, then stool tried to pass through, I would get those horrible, felt like I was kicked in the ab. feeling, then it would subside only to return with no ryme or reason. He told me this IS the ryme & reason! He also removed some adhesions from vaginal cuff were it was stuck to bladder. So, for all you sisters, don't give up. I can not stress this enough. I was actually told by 2 doctors to see a therapist, as I wasn't handling the hyst "well", HELLO, this was over two years out, and this pain was DIFFERENT. I know this is a long and winding road, and I hope this is the last surgery for me, but I also know that it took almost 3 years for the adhesions to grow to this level. So I also wanted to make a point of that to all of you. Some doctors don't believe adhesions hurt, and some don't believe that they can happen this far from surgery. Well, they are wrong. Keep pushing for answers and believe in yourself when nobody else will. I will never let another doctor treat me like some crazy lady who couldn't handle the hyst, no woman should have to , we deserve to be treated with respect.
  #67  
Unread 04-06-2006, 06:01 PM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

Whatsnormal -
Thank you so much for the update!! I am so glad you were able to see pictures and also hear what was going on inside your body. YES!!! YOU ARE NOT, NOR WERE YOU EVERY CRAZY!!!! Ah, those are great words to let wash over you, aren't they???? You give good advice because we do need to believe in ourselves and keep going until we find a doctor that also believes in us and will help us AND will show us RESPECT with a capital 'R'!!!! Are you feeling any better yet??? I ask that question cautiously since I know you are still so early post-op. Please make sure to keep posting with your progress. I hope that the healing is going well and that you are feeling better and stronger every day!!! Take care!

Lisa
  #68  
Unread 04-06-2006, 08:59 PM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

Whatsnormal,
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am happy to hear they were able to free up those adhesions and hope that you will be feeling better soon.
Those of us who have been searching for answers with doc after doc need to hear that there is still hope.
Can you tell me what a pelvic pain doc does? It sounds very specialized and it's probably hard to find one.
I'm approaching year 3 of my own personal quest to help my post surgical pelvic trauma, so appreciate any info.
Jan
  #69  
Unread 04-07-2006, 05:58 AM
hi

Jan,
The doctor I found in actually a fertitlity doctor who specializes in chronic female pelvic pain, as that often causes infertility. But they also work on woman like us, with chronic pelvic pain. I found mine through the APRN at my GYN'S office (my gyn was of no help, as he didn't believe there was a problem, here we go again with doctor's questioning our sanity!) Anyway, the one who did my adhesion surgery is 45 minutes away, but well worth the trip! My suggestion to you and anyone else looking for this type of doctor is to google them. Google fertility specialist, then google the actual doctor and you might find that they help with chronic female pain. This doctor told me that the constant ache I have around my incision area is "abdominal wall syndrome", nothing can be done for that, it was caused by the trauma of the TAH/BSO. That pain I can live with, the other pain I couldn't.
  #70  
Unread 04-07-2006, 10:46 AM
has ANYONE had good luck with adhesion removal surgery???

whatsnormal, being that you had adhesions attached
from the cuff to the bladder could you tell that the
bladder was involved? Afer I urinate I have pain, and
after I have bm I have pain, it takes about 10 minutes
out before the pain starts. And did your vagina and
rectum hurt also? Everything in my pelvic area hurts,
and it varies from day to day, and I feel like my bowel
is kinked, it kind of cycles, I can go fine for a while
and then I only get very small stools, and then it finally
goes back to something farely normal after I use some
kind of stimulate, and boy when that happens I am really in pain. When I had a
colonoscopy before my last surgery they had to stop
about 3 feet in because I had a kink, so I am thinking
the last surgery left more adhesions, but it was for
an enterocele repair which was a lot of cutting and sewing, I think maybe if they could just go in and cut
the adhesions, maybe they wouldn't be so bad again,
since they would just be cutting adhesions.
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