adhesion laser removal

After intestinal surgery, experiencing adhesions around small intestine...does anyone know anything about laser removal?
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I had a colon resection in '07, then a subtotal colectomy in '09. During the '09 surgery, they removed adhesions from the first surgery. They basically do it laprascopically by laser. Adhesions are very hard to detect without doing exploratory laparotomy. CTs do not pick them up many times.

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Thanks again
Do you have any further information on the adhesion removal process...specialists, techniques to prevent re-occurrence or anything. It appears that they are now interfering with my daughter's small intestine function/motility. This condition is dangerous as we understand and we are at a loss.
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Randy

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You definitely want a surgeon who is well-versed in adhesion removal. Usually colo-rectal surgeons are. I believe they do some type of water bath while they are in there to prevent re-occurrence, but I'm not sure. The adhesions can be dangerous as they can become entwined with the intestines, choking them off. Your best bet is to have a consultation with a surgeon who specializes in pediatric intestinal surgery. Let me know what you find out!

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The problem with adhesions (scar tissue) is that they are are the body's over-enthusiastic attempt to heal after surgery or infection. Unfortunately any attempt to remove them is likely to re-start the formation process. I believe there is now a thin membrane that can be put into the abdominal cavity at the time of surgery that is supposed to reduce the liklihood that adhesions will re-form so if you have any surgery done it is worth asking them to use this. But usuall surgery for us is a last resort and we don't think about this in the heat of the moment. I have been greatly helped by abdominal massage which I regard as surgery without knives - the stretching of the scar tissue has been very helpful for me but not always easy to find a therapist. Every surgery I have had to have since the first one has been put down to adhesions (plus the underlying motility problem). I hardly dare say this but I havent needed any surgery since having the massages!

Good luck with your search for help,

Skinny

Skinny

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Great point, Skinny! I had forgotten to add that after my second surgery (different surgeon and doc), they scheduled me for physical therapy a few months afterwards to break up adhesions. They do a massage technique on the scar tissue and show you how to do it at home too. My PT also recommended that my massage therapist do "cupping" around the scar tissue and the doc cleared it. Just make sure to ok all of this through your doctor.

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