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

From: Millie (
Sat Mar 3 13:32:16 2001

Dear Kathy, Why did Dr. Redan say you would lose your bowel? What type of surgery have you had? I went back to the ob/gyn yesterday, but she wouldn't order any tests. I guess she's released me from her care. She didn't give me another apointment. I have more & more problems since the TAH. She said she did it because I was crying because I said I had pelvic pain before. Then I asked her how the pathology looked. She said it only showed a few tiny fibroids. I don't like her reasons for removing everything, because I told her I am really having problems with the bowels, and I'm afraid adhesions are back. She told me I look better since the surgery. Right... that's why I can't eat much or go right. That's why I weigh 100 lbs. soaking wet. What kind of bowel problems did you have? Dr. Redan was very good about emailing me, and about returning my calls. Millie

>----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy L." <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 12:41 PM Subject: Re: I feel so left out because Dr. Redan said he couldn't help me now....

> Hi:
> I read your posting about having to wait for Dr. Redan to help you. I
> can understand your frustration. I had to wait at least 3-4 months
> after an exploratory lap in July last year before Dr. Redan could
> operate. He told me that there would be risk of losing my bowel and
> other complications. I just tried to be patient and got all of my
> business in order. Then I concentrated on preparing mentally for
> another surgery. I used guided imagery tapes, contacted our local
> hospital for information on relaxation, etc. I know it's easier said
> than done since we are usually in a lot of pain while waiting, but it
> did help me. Good luck and let us know what happens.
> Take care,
> Kathy L.
> At Sat, 3 Mar 2001, Millie wrote:
> >
> >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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