Some of the risks of surgeries...choosing a surgeon....for Misty & others

From: Helen Dynda (
Sun Jun 18 17:38:45 2000

NEVER choose a surgeon, who says that he has "only performed the surgery a few times!!!" This warning is not only for Misty - this warning is for EVERYONE who suffers from adhesions, endometriosis, etc!!!

One of the three options Misty was given by her doctors is:

" He can do the surgery which he has only performed a few times. He has done this surgery a few times with Interceed and seprafilm."

You may be experiencing very severe pain and you may be really anxious to have a surgery - which you hope will take away your pain; but if you choose to have surgery done by a surgeon, who has done a surgical procedure "only a few times", you are asking for serious problems. What kind of problems? Problems with adhesions re-forming, ( de nova ( new ) adhesions developing away from the site of the surgery.

With increased adhesion formation, you can expect to experience more severe chronic pain. If that isn't enough, there is always the risk of injury and possible loss of your reproductive organs. There is also the possible risk of injury to your intestines, your bladder, etc.

NEVER choose a surgeon before you know that the surgeon is very experienced and very skilled in doing the specific surgical procedure, which you have been told that you need!! It is also very wise for you to seek a second opinion!

Perhaps Bev will read this - and hopefully she will share with all of us - how she chose Dr. Harry Reich to be her surgeon for her April 1999 adhesiolysis.

The International Adhesions Society Message Board archives contains alot of evidence that many of you, who post messages here, have had far too many surgeries done, have lost reproductive organs unnecessarily, and have suffered from peritonitis as a result of injury to your bowel or blood left in your pelvic cavitiy.

It is in your best interest to choose a surgeon who:

1.) has had advanced training in microsurgical procedures.

2.) is very skillful and experienced with the use of the laparoscope.

3.) is very meticulous and does whatever is necessary to make sure that no blood is left in the pelvic cavity.

I am not a medical professional...and I do not know it all; but with Bev's experience as a former RN and as a result of having selected Dr. Reich to be her surgeon, I am sure that Bev can offer additional information as to how to choose a surgeon.

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