Re: Back Home - No Endo, Only Adhesions

From: suzanne (
Mon Mar 5 07:54:51 2001

Thank you so much Mary! I awake each day with a smile on my face! suzanne

At Sun, 4 Mar 2001, Mary Wade wrote: >
>Veni Vidi Velcro! LOLOL
>Loved your story and am so happy for you. My best wishes for your continued good health! Kansas Mary
>-----Original Message-----
>From: suzanne []
>Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 9:28 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
>Subject: Back Home - No Endo, Only Adhesions
>I have returned from my trip to Bend, Oregon and Dr. Redwine. The
>surgery was a huge success!
>I had no more endometriosis, only adhesions. The awake lap (aka pain
>mapping, patient assisted lap) was a fantastic experience - to see
>inside my own body. The anesthesiologist was able to keep me sedated
>enough to not feel pain.
>The most amazing part was when Dr. Redwine "twanged" the adhesion that
>was stretching from the top of my left
>round ligament stump to the top of my left leg and my colon was adherent
>to my left psoas muscle at the top of my left leg - I was able to relay
>the information to Dr. Redwine. I have an excellent memory of this
>part of the surgery, yet I don't recollect the pain as intense. I only
>remember the image on the screen and the relay of information between
>Dr. Redwine, the anesthesiologist, and myself. My rectosigmoid colon
>was also involved in this scar tissue and was firmly adherent to the
>left sidewall and over the left ureter. I also had right quadrant
>adhesions. All was sent to pathology, the best news being no endo
>(which I knew (believed) before surgery, THANKS TO DR. REDWINE'S
>PREVIOUS SURGERY after my hyst) I am an adhesion person, and this havoc
>wrecked in my
>abdomen is the aftermath of 26 years of misdiagnosis and improper
>treatment by doctors.
>I knew as soon as I awoke the chronic pain was gone! I was anxious to
>get up and go dancing (that was the drugs
>talking!). My first surgery was 2/1. I recouperated well and was
>really feeling great when it was time for the 2nd look
>lap on 2/6. When Dr. Redwine re-entered my abdomen, he found that the
>colon/sidewall area adhesions had reformed. The round ligament adhesion
>was not involved, but the psoas muscle/colon adhesion was and he excised
>that. The round ligament & right quadrant adhesions had not re-formed.
>Something wonderful happened after the 2nd surgery, I feel even better
>after this 2nd look, than I did on the first surgery. Dr. Redwine was
>concerned that I really was going to go dancing, or skiing, or
>fly-fishing after this 2nd look that he admitted me for observation that
>evening just to keep an eye on me I think!
>I am now almost 4 weeks post op from these surgeries and feeling better
>and better each day. I do not know if these adhesions will reform, but
>I am going to remain positive and at least I know what I am dealing
>with. I can bend, move, twist with no pain and best of all - I can have
>a bowel movement without pain and I am no longer on any pain medication
>And above all thank you to Dr. Redwine and his belief in my pain and
>suffering, all of his support and especially his god-given gift for
>superb surgical skills and undying committment to women with
>endometriosis and
>laparoscopic surgery! All my local doctors thought I was crazy and did
>not believe in me. I am also extra thankful for this website and the
>support and strength of all those here who helped me forge on and find
>the relief I was looking for.
>Suzanne Livingston
>Veni Vidi Velcro
>I came, I saw, I stuck around

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