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Myomectomy Pain

We Treat Myomectomy Pain Naturally

Myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine leimyomas (commonly called fibroids). This may be performed as an open surgery.

Myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine leimyomas (commonly called fibroids). This may be performed as an open surgery.

Myomectomy is a significant surgery – one that can cause pain due to adhesions that remain in the body long after the procedure. Clear Passage is a world leader in the treatment of post-surgical pelvic pain and adhesions, with over 20 years experience treating the pain that sometimes follows myomectomy. Studies published in peer-reviewed U.S. and international medical journals found that this physio/physical therapy decreased adhesion-related pelvic pain significantly. Complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn more.

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Myomectomy Pain Overview

Many physicians perform it laparoscopically, hoping to create less adhesions, and easier healing.

Many physicians perform it laparoscopically, hoping to create less adhesions, and easier healing.

Myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine leiomyomas (commonly called fibroids) from the uterus. Myomectomy surgery is performed via abdominal laparotomy (open surgery), laparoscopy (access through small abdominal incisions) or hysteroscopic surgery (access through the vagina and cervix). Physicians consider the size, type and location of the fibroid(s) when determining which surgical procedure to recommend.

A fibroid may be as small as a grapefruit seed or as large as a grapefruit; in rare cases, a fibroid may grow even larger. Fibroids are generally benign (non-cancerous) and classified as submucosal (growing into the uterus), intramural (within the wall of the uterus) or subserosal (on the outside of the uterus).

Myomectomy can help relieve heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain, and improve a woman’s chances for successful pregnancy. But, like other surgeries, it can also leave painful adhesions and scarring. Moreover, myomectomy may clear present fibroids but cannot stop new fibroids from developing later. Thus, a repeat myomectomy may be recommended for some women.

In some cases, despite the best skills of your surgeon, the procedure can cause adhesions (internal scars) to form. These adhesions can remain in the body for life, as a permanent by-product of the surgery.

In some cases, despite the best skills of your surgeon, the procedure can cause adhesions (internal scars) to form. These adhesions can remain in the body for life, as a permanent by-product of the surgery.

Immediately after surgery, tiny strands of collagen rush to the site that has been cut, to start the process of healing. There, they lay down in a random pattern to create powerful adhesive bonds that have strength of 2,000 pounds per square inch. After a myomectomy, these adhesions can remain in the body for life, as a permanent by-product of the surgery.

Women who undergo myomectomy sometimes experience deep or superficial pain (or both) as the body develops scars and adhesions to help the body heal from the surgery. Adhesions within the uterus (Asherman’s syndrome) can impair fertility by causing tightness or spasm, thus decreasing the chances of successful implantation of a fertilized egg or increasing the chance for miscarriage. Adhesions outside of the uterus can cause infertility by binding delicate reproductive structures such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes together, impairing their function.

 

 

Many women report pain relief after surgery. Some report a recurrence of pain, or worse pain after surgery. No matter how skilled the surgeon, most pelvic surgeries cause new adhesions as the body heals from the surgery, according to medical studies. (Liakakos et al., 2001)

Many women report pain relief after surgery. Some report a recurrence of pain, or worse pain after surgery. No matter how skilled the surgeon, most pelvic surgeries cause new adhesions as the body heals from the surgery, according to medical studies. (Liakakos et al., 2001)

Treatment for Myomectomy Pain (Wurn Technique)

Women who prefer a non-surgical approach often turn to our therapy, which has been shown to decrease adhesion related pain without surgery.

Women who prefer a non-surgical approach often turn to our therapy, which has been shown to decrease adhesion related pain without surgery.

When a patient comes to our clinic with pain or infertility after a myomectomy, our physical therapists thoroughly evaluate the areas of tension or restricted mobility. They pay particular attention to the uterus and surrounding areas. Keeping in mind the tendency of adhesions to spread, they then examine the entire pelvis and the rest of the body for areas of decreased mobility, tension and pain. Our “hands-on” treatment has been shown in peer-reviewed medical journals to reduce adhesions, decrease pain, improve fertility and increase soft tissue mobility – without the risks or side-effects of surgery or drugs.

We are experts at treating uterine and post-surgical adhesions. We faced this situation over 20 years ago when our director of services, physical therapist Belinda Wurn, developed severe adhesions after pelvic surgery and radiation therapy to treat her cancer. Unable to work due to her pelvic pain and having seen the devastating and debilitating effects of post-surgical adhesions in her own patients, she was determined to find a non-surgical way to treat adhesions.

Months, or even years after the surgery, women may develop pain. Adhesions do not appear in diagnostic tests (X-ray, MRI, CT scans), so physicians cannot see them. Thus, many women search for years before they discover the cause of their pain is adhesions.

Months, or even years after the surgery, women may develop pain. Most adhesions do not appear in diagnostic tests (X-ray, MRI, CT scans), so physicians cannot see them. Thus, many women search for years before they discover the cause of their pain is adhesions.

With her husband, massage therapist Larry Wurn, Belinda took a much deeper look at the etiology and biomechanics of adhesion formation. They found that the chemical bonds that attached each of the tiny collagen fibers to its neighbor appeared to dissipate or permanently deform with certain manual therapy techniques. With this knowledge, they developed the Wurn Technique® to unravel the bonds between the fibers that comprise adhesions.

 

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