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A small bowel obstruction can be a life-threatening condition. As the bowel slowly cinches closed, the helpless victim may find herself unable to eat or have a bowel movement. If these serious symptoms continue, doctors have no choice but to perform surgery. While surgery can successful remove the blockage, a large percentage of patients will experience a subsequent obstruction.adhesion-obstruction-cycle

Why? Let’s look at what causes a mechanical obstruction. In the majority of patients, the obstruction started after inflammation, infection, trauma, or surgery near the intestines. Whenever an injury occurs in the body, collagen rushes to the site to repair the damage and contain the area. As these sticky strands of collagen continue to build layer upon layer, they form adhesions. Adhesions are extremely beneficial – they help a wound seal and perform many other vital functions. But because of their “sticky” nature, they can also attach to nearby structures or cause restriction within a structure or organ.

For example, if an infection occurs within the intestinal tube, collagen will rush to the site. As it forms adhesions to repair the area, these adhesions may attach to both sides of the tube, causing it to cinch together. If adhesions form on the outside, it may cause one part of the intestine to be pulled and attached to another part. Over time, this constant pulling can create more irritation, inflammation, and subsequent adhesion formation – thus worsening the problem.

The only existing method to remove adhesions in conventional medicine is surgery. Unfortunately, surgery itself is a cause of adhesion formation. After the surgeon has made her incisions, removed the adhesions, and sealed the wound, collagen rushes to the area to help it heal. Thus, the awful cycle of adhesion formation starts again, possibly creating another bowel obstruction.

When a patient returns to the hospital with another bowel obstruction, doctors can only offer another surgery. As far as the patient knows, there is no other treatment and s/he must submit to surgery if they want to be able to eat solid food, have a bowel movement, or be free from pain. But another surgery only perpetuates the cycle, leaving the poor victim with cyclical surgery for life.

Clear Passage Therapies (CPT) has successfully treated numerous patients with small bowel obstructions and we say it is time to put an end to cyclical surgery. When a patient begins to experience the tell-tale signs of another bowel obstruction, we can help! Our therapists have been using manual techniques to break-apart adhesions within the body for over 20 years. Using solely their hands, our therapists can locate areas of tension, restriction, and adhesion formation and slowly deform and detach adhesions.

One former patient, Ginny, came to us after eight surgeries. She explains, “I had already undergone a resection surgery to remove bowel obstructions (essentially adhesions) by cutting, then rejoining my intestines. I soon found myself in a vicious cycle of pain and hospitalizations. I needed surgery to reduce the adhesions and my pain, but the surgeries would cause more adhesions to form, necessitating more surgeries.” She began attending treatment at CPT two hours a week. She reported, “I can still remember the first day I was finally able to have a bowel movement without pain or laxatives, or to be able to eat without pain. It was amazing.”

Ginny’s full story will be featured in our upcoming book, Miracle Moms, Better Sex, Less Pain. Our book showcases the stories of over 80 patients, including five women with bowel obstructions. If you would like to read a sneak-peak of two stories, please see Resolving a Bowel Obstruction and You Have a Right to Refuse Any Drug or Surgery.

Learn more about our treatment to reduce adhesions and resolve bowel obstructions.