Adhesions attaching uterus to abdominal wall

From: Renee (
Tue Jan 22 16:34:21 2002

I am 33 years old. I had a c-section in February of 1990. I had a second c-section in July 1996. I had no problems with pain until the year 2000. In October of 2000, I went in for laparoscopy to find the source of pain. Due to a large amount of scar tissue, they found that laparoscopy was impossible and had to cut me open fully. This surgery was done via a verticle incision about 6 inches long from my belly button down. They found extensive scar tissue and adhesions. My uterus was fully attached to my abdomen wall. The scar tissue and adhesions were cleaned up, and a barrier was put in place to, hopefully, decrease the risk of the adhesions re-forming.

Unfortunately, I ended up in the operating room again in September of 2001. Less than 1 year after my initial surgery. This time, the Dr. tried laparoscopy from a different location (higher up on my abdomen and to the left), and found that the adhesions had returned. I again had the adhesions cleaned up (by being burned off).

Here I am again, January of 2002, and the pain has returned with a vengeance. I am to have an ultrasound tomorrow morning to rule out other possibilities (possible cysts etc).

I have reached the end of my rope, and reached the end of my patience. I do not know where to turn to next. My question is, has anyone else had this problem with the uterus specifically? If so, did a hysterectomy (as my dr is considering) take care of the issue? If the uterus, which is the specific organ that the adhesions are attaching to, is no longer there, will the adhesions come back and form on any other organ that is closest?

I'm not sure what to do, or where to go to get answers. All my Dr seems to say with some repitition, is that scar tissue/adhesions are not painful. In the meantime, I am missing work due to the pain, and family functions are near impossible. I live in the state of New York and am looking for somewhere to go to speak to a specialist.

Thank you for your time, Renee

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