Re: OK, Why am I such a whimp?

From: Cantor (
Tue Sep 1 20:25:39 2009

This is an awkward forum as it doesn't have a logical progression of when people posted or not. You say Dr.Semertzides has a 35% success rate. But how does this compare to laparoscopic adhesion barriers?

At Sat, 29 Aug 2009, IAS Admin wrote: >
>From: [] On Behalf Of
>Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:40 AM
>Subject: Re: OK, Why am I such a whimp?
>Hey Cheryl,

>I think I have spoke to you before...but I am going to write you again just
>in case I haven't.  I understand your insurance does not kick in till Feb. 
>But when it does...You SERIOUSLY need to get in contact w/Dr Semertzides in
>Cinncinnati, OH.  Listed below is my experience w/him.  He is great!

>Ok, I will give you as much information as I possibly can muster up.  The
>whole reason I am posting sooo much on this board about Dr Semertzides is
so >possibly at  least one person out there will not have to suffer with this
>just as much as I have.  Everything I told and am about to tell you is the
>absolute truth.

>I lived w/adhesions for approx. 2 years.  With 8 surgeries to remove them.
>One of those times almost killed me due to the fact the doctor (not Dr
>Semertzides) nicked my bowel in 2 places and closed me up that way.  All of
>the contents in my bowel were emptied into my body and I went into septic
>shock.  Thank god my husband is a paramedic and knew what to look for.  He
>saved my life.  Anyways, I was suffering w/a partial bowel obstruction d/t
>adhesions and in pain and suffering just as you are.  I had been on the
>internet a million and one times to find just SOMEONE who could actually
>help.  I once again went on and there he was.  What a god miracle!  I had
>never seen him before!

>Ok, low down on everything.Dr Semertzides was trained to do surgery from
the >doctor who invented laprascopic surgery!  He is the only ONE licensed in
the >US to perform this procedure! 
>[Moderator's note: as far as we know this is the technique that Dr.
>Semertzides uses and has developed himself. He does not need any special
>license to perform it.]
>He cuts and burns the adhesive tissue inside. Then applies what is called a
>fibrin protein. AKA Fibrin Glue.  He then freezes that spot to stop blood
>flow to that area.  The fibrin glue lasts approx 12 days while the body
>heals as this is the time the adhesions will normally form. Adhesions may
>return, but will NOT be nearly as severe.  Now, his success rate is
>this.....35 % will never need surgery again......35% may need one more
>surgery to correct everything....the rest will never be cured. so go into
>this with your eyes open.  But I will tell you this.....I am a paramedic as
>well, and in good conscience, would NEVER recommend this, unless it
worked!  >And IT DID!!  I have not felt this good in years.  I still have little,
itty >bitty twinges of pain but I gotta tell you...I live again and NOT ON PAIN
>MEDS.  Excedrin (acetaminophen) takes that little twinge away.  I had
>surgery back in October, and on a normal basis, would have been crawling
>with pain by now.  I am doing AWESOME!!!  Thank Dr Semertzides when you
meet >him and tell him Christina Adams from Tennessee sent you. 

>Now about hospital....your going to love this!!  NO PAIN the entire time
you >are there!!  The staff (nurses) are absolutely awesome!  They are asking if
>you need pain meds before you are LOL.  The hospital that he performs the
>surgery at is Bethesda North in Cinncinnati.  I was there for 2 weeks but I
>had an unusual situation.  He said normally people are there 3 days.  But I
>was partially obstructed and had to have IV food to strengthen my body
>before I could survive the surgery. I was there 3 days after my surgery. 
>And he made sure I was not in any pain for the trip home.  I don't know
>about insurance. You would have to call to find out.  Below is the link to
>his website.  Oh yea....forgot about this....YOU GET TO WATCH YOUR SURGERY
>ON DVD AFTER THE SURGERY!!!  There is absolutely no question as to what
went >on!!!  If you have any other questions.....feel free to email me.  Best of
>Luck to all...May God give each and every one of you the strength to
survive >and get back to living!!!

>Love Always
>Christina Adams
>Maryville, TN
>About Adhesions: Dr. John Semertzides Solutions for Chronic Problems with
>Pelvic / Abdominal Adhesions.

>In a message dated 8/24/2009 10:08:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
>From: [] On Behalf Of
>Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:59 AM
>Subject: Re: OK, Why am I such a whimp?
>Kristie, You are not a WIMP! Everyone delas with pain differently. FYI, I
>take 8 percocet daily, and 40 mg. of methadone. I was on morpheine but I
>hated the way I felt on it, plus I would quit breathing when I was sleeping
>keeping my Husband up at night afraid that I would die. My pain is God
>awful. There are days when I abuse my meds and take 1-2 extra pills. Thats
>when I am writhing in pain pulling my hair out and sobbing Oh God make this
>STOP! I also hate what this illness has done to me and turned me into. I
>never feel high either, my system is accostomed to my meds. I would give
>anything to take meds that actually take the pain away, the pain just gets
>dulled a bit. I am able to drive also, but I know that I shouldn't because
>of being on a controlled substance. Plus Law Enforcement can tell by your
>eyes if you are on narcotics. There are more of us out here taking meds
than >you think. I don't feel that I am a wimp. It is the only way I can deal.
>After having 4 children, you DO know what pain is, especially 2 C-Sections.
>I never had kids naturally. My oldest was 10 lbs. 1 oz. and 22 1/2 in.
long. >He wasn't coming out. My pelvis never spread for him to come out. My
>youngest was breach 2 weeks before due date, so that time I scheduled my
>C-section to deliver him. I didn't want to get beat to death trying to
>deliver naturally again, then have a C-section. You have 4 kids, and you
are >dealing with raising them, running them everywhere, running a home, a job?
>and your horrible pain on top of it all. I think you are pretty remarkable!
>Hey give yourself a break, and a pat on the back, your plate is full, and
>runneth over!! Talk with your Doctor and tell him how you are dealing, Not
>dealing with your pain. He may add something else to take with your
>percocet, or increase your dose to 2 more pills a day. Some people use pain
>patches. I am going to OHSU next month for a consultation with 2 doc's to
>see if the Celious Plexis Nerve Block may help me out, or not? My Gastro
>said that it helps some people more than others. I can't do anything until
>Dec. that is when I will FINALLY have health care. Kristie, take care of
>yourself, and give yourself a break. I deal with depression with Adhesions,
>and want my life back sooooo bad. I also take antidepressants. I would give
>anything to just FLUSH all of my meds! I just feel so old for my age. I
just >turned 51. Good luck! Cheryl

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