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did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue? did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

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Unread 12-28-2001, 02:39 PM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

Hi to all,
I am going for my hyster in large part due to scar tissue from an ruptured appendix. I am just wondering how many women have to have a hyster because of the appendix rupture leaving scar tissue all over? I would also like to know what the out come was for your surgery.

Thanks, Sparkler
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Unread 01-03-2002, 10:55 PM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

Hi Sparkler,
I guess the answer to the appendix question, is no one right now, but if you do a search using the little purple button in the upper right hand part of the page, you might some stories on this board and the post-op board about appendixes.

My guess is that the scar tissue is what they call adhesions. A lot of women get those from endometriosis too. The scar tissue forms within the abdomin and starts to tie all kinds of things together that shouldn't be together!

A place to look for information on adhesions is I think www.adhesions.org.

Why do they want to do a hysterectomy? Do they think that's the only way to deal with the scar tissue?

I think the best outcome is from the skill of your surgeon (there was a study done about a year ago). There are some things they can use to keep the scar tissue from coming back. They talk about them on the adhesions site.

I hope this helps!

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Unread 01-05-2002, 09:42 AM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

Hi Sparkler,

Welcome to Hyster Sisters! It won't be long and you will officially be a Princess . We'll be waiting to hear how you are doing, so be sure to drop into the Post Op forum. It is a great place to answer a lot of your questions and you will meet some terrific gals who are experiencing the same things you are.

For now, I will try to answer your question about adhesions. I had two surgeries last year. The first one was for a ruptured appendix. The surgeon discovered an ovarian cyst at the time of the surgery, but he could not remove it because of all the infection throughout my abdomen.

Eight weeks after the appendectomy, I had a second surgery to remove the ovarian tumor. Because of my history, my gynecologist and I decided I needed a complete hysterectomy, removing my uterus and cervix as well as tubes and ovaries.

During my pre op visit, he told me he was sure he would find adhesions because of the previous ruptured appendix, and he sure did. Right before surgery, I was beginning to have trouble having a bowel movement, and I thought "O! Great! Now there is something else to worry about." But, it turned out that a band of adhesions had begun to strangle a portion of my colon. The gyn surgeon removed it, and I have been fine ever since.

I don't think I had any more pain post op than I would have without the adhesion removal. But, my bowels were a bit unhappy. I had also had two colon polyps removed during a colonoscopy in between the two surgeries. So, that meant that someone had "messed with" my bowel three times in 8 weeks.
Post op I got along just fine! But, I had to be very careful what I ate for a long time. I did great when I behaved and stayed on a bland diet -- no fried, spicey, or rich food.

So, even tho I didn't have a hysterectomy because of adhesions, I did have a similar situation to yours. I wanted to drop you a note to reassure you. In the past, I have always felt that we should try our best to find medical vs. surgical solutions to illnesses (basically because I am such a chicken). But, I have to say, I have met some wonderful doctors and nurses during my two surgeries. And, I have a new appreciation for what a skilled surgeon can do to help us.

Be sure to come by the Post Op forum when you feel up to sitting at the computer, and report how you are progressing. Hyster sisters is a terrific website, and you will find wonderful friends here.

Very best wishes to you. I'll be thinking of you on the 16th and looking forward to seeing you in Post Op! Stay in touch during these Pre Op days, too. Sometimes gals have a lot of anxiety prior to surgery, and it really helps to talk it through with other "sisters".

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Unread 01-05-2002, 10:12 AM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

I've never had my appendix rupture, but had adhesions because of C-sections. I'm also curious if this is the only reason you dr wants to do a hyst. For my adhesions (about 5 years ago), all my dr had to do was a laproscopic procedure to get rid of them. Much much quicker recovery time too! Maybe it's different in your case. I'm happy to announce that when I had my hyst, the dr said there were no adhesions that reformed!
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Unread 01-06-2002, 10:19 AM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

Thanks for the reassurances. I am now down to about 10 days before surgery and am very nervous. But I'll be glad when it is over with.

In my case it is more than scar tissue adhesions, I have some small fibroids that have been causing hard periods. They are clotty and disgusting. I also have had bad periods from day one. Terrible cramps and lots of bleeding.

I just want to be out of pain. I do have pain when I'm getting ready to have a bowel movement and feel much better after I am done. I am thinking that maybe I have adhesions on my bowel? I don't know for sure that is the hard part. I'll feel better once the dr. gets in there and can say what she saw and what she did to fix it.

I am hanging in here as best I can.

Sparkler
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Unread 01-06-2002, 10:41 AM
did your appendix rupture? and leave scar tissue?

Sparkler,

Those pre-op nerves are really awful, aren't they? I know just how you feel. But, most girls report that the surgery and recovery was not nearly as bad as they had anticipated.

Stay in touch with the gals in Pre Op with any questions you have. I think information helps calm us. The gals know just how you feel and they are wonderfully supportive. And, let your doctor know how you are feeling also. The medical professionals who will be taking care of you know that their patients have anxiety. And, they have ways of helping you feel better. Keep them informed.

Also, I was helped by knowing that I had so many friends and family praying for me. I did not find Hyster Sisters until after my surgery was over.

Be sure to stay in touch with us both before and after your surgery. You can ask questions or just vent your feelings.

Best wishes to you.
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