Locations in the U.S. and U.K.

U.S. & CANADA: 1-866-222-9437

UNITED KINGDOM: 0808-1453738

OTHER: 001-352-3361433

Adjust text size: Smaller Regular Bigger Biggest
Share

Post-Surgical Pain

We Treat Post-Surgical Pain Naturally

New adhesions form at surgical sites to help the body heal from surgery.

New adhesions form at surgical sites to help the body heal from surgery.

Clear Passage is a world leader in decreasing or eliminating adhesions through manual physio/physical therapy. With over two decades of experience, studies on our work have been published in peer-reviewed U.S. and international medical journals. Because our work is non-surgical, new adhesions do not appear to form after therapy. Complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with an expert therapist and learn whether our therapy can help you.

pain after surgery and adhesion formation e-book

Post-Surgical Pain Overview

Muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues are intimately involved structures within the body. Part of the surgeon’s challenge is to repair the structures in need without injuring nearby tissues. Even the finest surgeon cannot prevent post-surgical adhesions and scars from forming as a natural part of post-surgical healing. 

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 studies note the vast prevalence of adhesions formation after surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001)

Because the body’s structures and systems are intimately involved, post-surgical adhesions can create unusual symptoms and pulls in the body – even distant from the surgical site.

Because the body’s structures and systems are intimately involved, post-surgical adhesions can create unusual symptoms and pulls in the body – even distant from the surgical site.

Adhesions form as the first step in the healing process. Tiny crosslinks, which are the ‘building blocks’ of adhesions, rush in to begin the repair process after a trauma, creating scars that last a lifetime. Adhesions form in three areas:

  • in tissues the surgeon cuts through, to access the surgical site
  • where the surgeon cuts, burns or reattaches tissues that require surgical intervention
  • in nearby tissues injured by the surgery or inflamed after surgery.

In an ideal recovery, surgical adhesions and scars glue only those sites that were cut. Unfortunately, post-surgical adhesions can grow beyond the surgeon’s initial intent. These additional adhesions may bind neighboring structures that are designed to move independently. When that happens, the post-surgical adhesions and scars can create unusual pulls in the body, often causing pain or dysfunction that can confound patient and physician alike.

 

Treatment for Post-Surgical Pain (Wurn Technique)

At a microscopic level, tiny cross-links, the building blocks of adhesions, attach irradiated tissues with a tensile strength approaching 2,000 pounds per square inch (140 kilograms per square centimeter).  width=

At a microscopic level, tiny cross-links, the building blocks of adhesions, attach tissues recovering from surgery with a tensile strength approaching 2,000 pounds per square inch (140 kilograms per square centimeter).

We know post-surgical adhesions well. We faced this situation 20 years ago when the director of Clear Passage, physical therapist Belinda Wurn, developed severe adhesions after pelvic surgery and radiation therapy to her abdomen. Unable to work due to the pain, and having seen the devastating and debilitating effects of adhesions in her own patients, she was determined to find a non-surgical way to treat 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 bonds that attach each of the tiny collagen fibers to its neighbor appear to dissipate or dissolve when placed under sustained pressure over time. With this knowledge, they developed the Wurn Technique®, which is designed to reduce or eliminate these adhesive bonds. It has been shown in peer-reviewed medical journals to decrease pain and improve function without surgery or drugs.

Stepping back in magnification, cross-links bind the cells of individual muscles or organs to each other, creating pain or immobility within those structures.

Stepping back in magnification, cross-links bind the cells of individual muscles or organs to each other, creating pain or immobility within those structures.

Other Treatments for Post-Surgical Pain

Adhesions may bind neighboring structures that are designed to move independently, creating unusual pulls in the body and causing pain or dysfunction. In this broader view, cross-links join to create curtains or ropes of adhesions that bind large structures together – often causing significant problems. Doctors and patients may have difficulty diagnosing the problem because adhesions do not generally appear on diagnostic tests – MRI, CT or X-rays.

Adhesions may bind neighboring structures that are designed to move independently, creating unusual pulls in the body and causing pain or dysfunction. In this broader view, cross-links join to create curtains or ropes of adhesions that bind large structures together – often causing significant problems. Doctors and patients may have difficulty diagnosing the problem because adhesions do not generally appear on diagnostic tests – MRI, CT or X-rays.

Until recently, lysis of adhesions was the only choice medical science offered for treating adhesions. This involves cutting or burning the adhesions under general anesthesia, via laparoscopy or laparotomy (open surgery).

While lysis of adhesions can be effective, the surgery has drawbacks including:

  • It carries risks associated with anesthesia or infection;
  • Because adhesions can prevent the ability to see underlying structures, surgeons can mistakenly cut or burn unintended areas;
  • The body tends to create more adhesions as it heals from the very surgery designed to remove them.

A large study published in Digestive Surgery showed that more than 90% of patients develop adhesions following open abdominal surgery and 55% to 100% of women develop adhesions following pelvic surgery. (Liakakos et al., 2001) Small-bowel obstruction, infertility, chronic abdominal and pelvic pain, and difficult reoperative surgery are the most common consequences of peritoneal adhesions. Despite elaborate efforts to develop effective strategies to reduce or prevent adhesions, their formation remains a frequent occurrence after abdominal surgery. Thus, many patients become trapped in a cycle of surgery-adhesions-surgery – with no end in sight.

Post-surgical adhesions were the focus of a large, ten-year study. Lancet, a leading medical journal, reported that 35% of all open abdominal or pelvic surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital more than twice to treat post-surgical adhesions, during the 10 years after their original surgery. Many follow-up surgeries (22%) occurred in the first year after surgery, and “readmissions continued steadily throughout the 10-year period” of the study. (Ellis et al., 1999)

 

Request More Information or Speak With a Certified Therapist at No Cost