Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that can form inside the body, binding internal organs together...and leaving the victim to suffer incredible pain. Since adhesions elude the eye of standard medical tests, and many doctors do not discuss the illness itself, a proper diagnosis of adhesions, or ARD (Adhesion Related Disorder), is often left up to the sufferer!
The educated patient knows what to expect prior to surgery. However, when you're sick, you're certainly more vulnerable and less likely to ask "in depth" questions about your surgery, especially if it is your first surgery. Most surgeons want you to be informed and will explain, in detail, their surgical procedure. However, there are others who may see no need to explain a thing. It's important to learn medical terminology long before you are being rolled into the operating room.
What's the difference in laparotomy compared to laparoscopy? Do you know? If not, you need to know, as surgery is trauma to the body, which results in adhesion formation (scar tissue) as the body heals itself. It is best to avoid a laparotomy, if at all possible.
Laparotomy:A surgical incision into the abdominal cavity through the loin or flank.
Laparoscopy: An operation in which a laparoscope is used, as in an examination of the liver or the surgical treatment of endometriosis. Sometimes called keyhole surgery.
Laparoscopyis the least invasive type of surgery, and the most desirable (if at all possible) should you have to undergo abdominal or pelvic surgery.
The information found on this website is to share the personal story of my daughter's trying journey with Adhesion Related Disorder. This website is designed solely to: inform, educate, and shatter the silence that surrounds the illness of adhesions, or ARD (Adhesion Related Disorder). The postings within this site are the opinions of the author and/or guests who post here. No content of this website should be construed as medical advice. This site does not provide medical advice. Please consult your physician for all matters concening physical and mental health. 3/14/07