Re: I feel so left out because Dr. Redan said he couldn't help me now....

From: Millie (
Fri Mar 2 21:59:35 2001

Dear Helen, You are right. Dr. Redan said something about sometimes it can take up to 3 months to heal from a TAH. Yes, I had the full length incision. I'm not mad at Dr. Redan. He was so very nice to email me 3 or 4 times with answers to my questions. He also was very good about returning my calls, which I thought was really nice, because so many times your own Dr. doesn't do that. I guess I'm just afraid of being a "casualty" from the TAH, because of the symptoms, and the stories of some of the women who weren't so successful with their surgeries and adhesions. Then I watched my mom suffer 4 long months from triple bypass surgery complications. What do you think of going for pain management? Is it worthwhile? Thanks for your help. Millie

>----- Original Message -----
From: "Helen Dynda" <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 10:22 PM Subject: I feel so left out because Dr. Redan said he couldn't help me now....

> Dear Millie,
> You said: "I feel so left out because Dr. Redan said he couldn't help me
> now."
> Millie, I assume your last surgery was a laparotomy ( open abdominal ).
If > that is true, then Dr. Redan really cannot do laparoscopic surgery for you
> until your laparotomy incision has thoroughly healed.
> Why can't he? Dr. Redan has thousands of hours of experience to know that
a > laparotomy incision must be thoroughly healed before he can can perform a
> laparoscopic surgery. Your laparotomy incision must be at a specific
stage > of healing before he can even consider doing laparoscopic surgery for you.
> Before a surgeon can actually perform laparoscopic surgery, he must
> insufflate the abdomen with carbon dioxide...a gas that will expand the
> abdominal wall so the surgeon is able to easily view the internal organs
and > so that he/she will have room within the abdomen to do whatever surgical
> procedure may be necessary.
> When carbon dioxide is insufflated into the abdomen, this gas actually
> expands the abdomen...making the abdomen look like that of a woman about
> ready to give birth!! If the scar from your laparotomy incision is not
> healed completely , surgery at this time could be very risky for you. It
is > for your own protection that Dr. Redan wants you to wait. In the
meantime, > it would be for your own good, if you could understand that Dr. Redan has
> your best interests at heart.
> Instead of dwelling on a "poor me" outlook, while waiting for a future
> appointment with Dr. Redan, use this time to learn as much as you can
about > adhesions. The distraction of actually learning as much as you can about
> adhesions, will begin to dominate your thoughts; and you will be
surprised > at how much better you will begin to feel. This is actually a
psychological > technique...and it really works!!

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