Re: Back Home - No Endo, Only Adhesions

From: Janet Karam (
Tue Mar 6 14:04:39 2001

Dear Suzanne,

I am so happy for you, and to hear your story of success with Dr. Redwine. 4 weeks post-op, and you're still feeling great...that is wonderful.

It's funny you bring up the psoas. I am a massage therapist, so I knew this muscle was affected by my adhesions, but I have been told by someone that adhesions could not attatch to muscles such as psoas.

I experience the same "twang" you describe when I laugh feels like there's a big guitar string in there! I can palpate easily my right psoas, and adhesions along its suface.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, your words help in many ways. Glad you are feeling well and in such good spirits.



>----- Original Message -----
From: "suzanne" <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 7:28 PM 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
> whatsoever.
> 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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