What are Hysterectomy Adhesions? These are internal scars that connect tissues and organs that are not normally connected. What causes adhesions? The most common cause is surgery, although various kinds of trauma can cause adhesions. Non surgical adhesion can be caused by gunshot and knife wounds. Abdominal adhesions are a common complication that occurs in majority of women that undergo pelvic surgery or a hysterectomy.
Usually a few days post-surgery, adhesions begin to form but may not produce complications for months and even years. In some instances adhesions can constrict blood flow which results in tissue death if the adhesions form fibrous bands around the whole segment of the intestine. In many instances they pull the nerves within the organ and cause severe pain.
Signs and Symptoms of Hysterectomy Adhesions
Typically hysterectomy adhesions show no symptoms and may go undiagnosed. Signs and symptoms of adhesions may present as follows:
• Adhesives involving the uterus or vagina can cause pain during intercourse.
• At the onset of pain, the individual may vomit, which more often than not relieves the pain.
• The stomach may become progressively bloated and very tender.
• The stomach may produce bowel sounds or a high pitched tinkling sound. These symptoms include loose stools and increased gas. Fever is usually minimal or can develop later in the process.
• Hysterectomy adhesions can present with complications as well as make operating more lengthy and dangerous, as they can cause tissue damage and increase chances of bleeding.
Are AIDS Common after Surgery
Around 90 percent of people who have any type of surgery procedure are at risk of forming adhesion's and problems, of which many manifest only years later. It is still not fully understood why adhesions develop post-surgery. Studies have revealed that around 35 percent of women that have had gynecological operations, nine times out of ten will be re-admitted years later for a secondary op due to adhesions or complications caused by adhesions.
There is no guarantee that the removal of adhesions will correct the scarring below the surface of affected tissues and organs. Adhesion scarring can tether and trap nerves, which prevent nerves to move around tissue freely. Pain often results when the nerves are stretched due to been tethered, although not all adhesions cause pain.
What to Do If You Have Adhesions
Prevention is better than cure. If your reason for surgery is pain, whether it is a hysterectomy, removal of adhesions or other, one should first exhaust all non-invasive options and also be aware that no matter what option you choose, there will always be problems. The surgical removal of adhesions offers no guarantee and may have no effect or the adhesions may reoccur. There are no magic wands or easy answers.
However, many patients have achieved some relief and managed to avoid surgery with visceral manipulation and / or pelvic floor physical therapy, judicious use of opioids, control of diet, and nerve blocks. Many patients with adhesions have found that therapeutic ultrasound provides relief and eliminates pain. Light exercise such as walking and stopping smoking has also proved positive. Above all, remember you are not alone, there are millions suffering from post-operative adhesions.