ABDOMINAL ADHESIONS (SCAR TISSUE) AFTER MYOMECTOMY AND OTHER SURGERIES
Myomectomies and other abdominal surgeries are notorious for causing adhesions. Surgical adhesions (scar tissue) are formed between tissues and organs during the healing process. It is a common complication of abdominal surgery (including myomectomies) that affects 90 percent of patients. Normally, tissues and organs have smooth surfaces that allow them to slide against each other but when adhesions form tissues and organs stick together causing pain, infertility and other problems. Abdominal adhesions are scar tissues that cause internal organs to stick together instead of move freely as they are intended to. Another complication of adhesions is bowel obstructions leading to constipation. Food and waste products are not being able to pass through the intestines properly because intestines can be deformed by adhesions or pushed out of their normal place.
The medical solution to adhesions is another surgery, which can cause more adhesions. Fortunately there are natural remedies that can be used to treat abdominal adhesions but they require patience.
– Scar tissue (adhesions) can be treated with daily massage of the area (watch video):
Apart from massage do the following every day:
– Warm up the area of scar tissue with hot water bottle or compress for about 3-5 minutes (heat helps to loosen the fibres of scar tissue). After 3-5 minutes apply a very cold compress or icepack for about 3 minutes and continue hot and cold applications alternatively for about 30 minutes. For better results you can keep your feet in a container with hot water.
– Wrap a compress soaked with castor oil and keep on the affected area for at least 2 hours (the longer the better). It will help to break up adhesions (scars). Castor oil packs reduce pain and inflammation. Used regularly over time castor oil packs reduce scar tissue. In order to convert this pack into a poultice, cover the castor oil cloth with a piece of plastic wrap. Use a bandage to secure the castor oil pack to your abdomen. Apply a hot water bottle or heating pad as heat will help the castor oil penetrate the skin. Use the castor oil pack for at least 2 hours or even better overnight. Do not use a heating pad overnight. Do it for seven days and repeat the treatment for another seven days after three days break. Women should not do this during menstruation.
Sleep on old towels to prevent staining bed.
You do not need to make a new castor oil pack each day. You can add more castor oil to the pack as needed. If you use this treatment for several months, start with a fresh pack each month.
Herbs for Adhesions
– Drink more water between meals (3 glasses 3 times a day).
– Take Serrapeptase internally every day. Serrapeptase is an enzyme produced by silkworms. It dissolves non-living tissue. It can be bought at health food stores and online.
– Comfrey tea internally and externally in the form of compress.
– Myrrh internally.
Comfrey is an amazing herb known for its ability to heal tissue. Used regularly it has been known to heal even old scar tissue. Calendula is another strong herb useful for skin and scar issues.
Comfrey and calendula can be used individually or together to make a tea to take internally or an oil to use externally for adhesions.
Comfrey and Calendula Adhesion Tea
1/2 tablespoon comfrey leaf
1/2 tablespoon calendula flowers
2 cups water
Boil the water and pour over the herbs. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain herbs. Sweeten with honey if desired. Drink this tea daily.
Adhesion Oil Recipe
1 cup comfrey leaf (dried)
1 cup calendula flowers (dry – they should be bright orange/yellow)
Put your herbs in a jar. Use equal parts of olive and castor oil to completely cover the herbs. Cover. Put a cloth in the bottom of a crock pot. Put your herb oil jar on the cloth. Add water to just below the top of the jar cover. Set your crock pot on the “Keep Warm” setting. Let the herbs steep for 5 days. You may need to add water daily.
Use a piece of a clean t-shirt to strain out the flowers.
Now you have a wonderful massage oil for your adhesions.
Twice a day, gently massage this oil onto your abdomen. The massage itself may be helpful in loosening and healing the adhesions.
These remedies are not “overnight” cures. You will need to use them regularly for weeks or months. But they are gentle and inexpensive.
Have you tried one of these remedies? Do you have another home treatment for abdominal adhesions? Please share it with us! Read on for more suggestions from Earth Clinic readers.
About three years ago I suffered a hip adhesion, the pain was very severe. In my research online I happened on a YouTube video & I can’t recall if it was a CMT or DC or what but the woman demonstrated myofascial releases. I would likely have done anything at that point, so I did it right away next to my bed. I raised my knee up (agony that first time) & while the muscle was curled up I took my fists and pushed as hard as I could but still in a massage therapy type manner (not punching – pushing, like kneading bread dough). I had to do this for a while but the pain actually resolved away. When I went to sleep & woke up in the morning I was pretty tight again but went to work on my hip right away and again found relief. I could go about my day – work, errands, w/e without pain medication. I did notice pain and stiffness with changes in weather for a while and even today when I stretch after spin class some of the stretches I have to assist my hip to achieve. But I guess the fact that I can actually do spin class at all lets you know how well it worked.
I hadn’t heard about the serrapeptase but wouldn’t have been able to use it as I have implants and do not want any trouble with them. Though I will try the comfrey and calendula as it’d be great to not have to assist my stretches anymore.
Posted by Broehe (Seattle, Wa) on 04/27/2016
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[Editor\’s Choice] In response to Carl’s post:
Hi. I had major abdominal surgery a few months ago, and since then I have had two small bowel obstructions due to adhesions. When I take Serrapaptase, (which is supposed to dissolve fibrin) the capsule comes out the other end intact.
Is there a kind of systemic enzyme that will work on adhesions, and dissolves easily? Is there something I can do or take to make the Serrapeptase I have on hand now break down in my intestines so it can get into my body? Any other ideas for getting rid of these damned adhesions would also be very warmly received.
Bowel obstructions really hurt.
Adhesions, as you know, are the body’s way of stitching you up after major surgery. Its a survival response, not a long-term response. Ultimately, there’s a healthy plan there. We just want you to move toward long-term total recovery.
Adhesions are Connective Tissue, or Scar Tissue; made up of the same kind of cells. Connective tissue is laid down, like disorganized bandaid. As scar tissue, you’ve experienced it can become problematic.
The bad news is that you’re having pain and digestive obstruction. Sorry to hear that.
The good news is that its a tissue issue. Connective tissue responds to wonderfully to abdominal and visceral massage or manual therapy.
A Massage Therapist with a Visceral Bodywork specialty, or Mayan Abdominal Massage or even Myofascial work will be able to loosen up those tissues. These kinds of bodywork were developed to treat these kinds of problems. And they work.
I hope you get a chance to try especially Visceral or Abdominal bodywork.
And, you yourself, with a gentle touch, can also loosen the tissues. Hold a tender or painful spot with a pressure that does not add pain. Hold and breathe into that spot. Gently, breathing calmly like you would as you held a newborn, gently explore the area around the painful spot. Breathe abundantly into the entire area; you are increasing local circulation too. That will help. Stay with it for 10-15 minutes. You may find that it changes. The tissue will be changed, for the better, as long as the pressure is right for you.
I wish you the best in your recovery.
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Posted by Carl (Seattle, Washington State) on 04/12/2016
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Hi. I had major abdominal surgery a few months ago, and since then I have had two small bowel obstructions due to adhesions.
When I take Serrapaptase, (which is supposed to dissolve fibrin) the capsule comes out the other end intact. Is there a kind of systemic enzyme that will work on adhesions, and dissolves easily? Is there something I can do or take to make the Serrapeptase I have on hand now break down in my intestines so it can get into my body?
Any other ideas for getting rid of these damned adhesions would also be very warmly received.
Bowel obstructions really hurt. I am Not a fan. Thanks, Carl
Replied by Ben
If you are having pain and a possible intestinal obstruction and / or adhesions there are several causes such as an over growth of bad bacteria such as klebsiela that can cause trouble in a hurry. An intestinal blockage can come on very quickly as bad bacteria can proliferate very fast at times. Especially when aided by a prebiotic called inulin. This prebiotic is unwisely added to many probiotic formulas. Many foods such as breads and cereals have inulin added to them just like it was a good thing. Is inulin natural? yes definitely. But is it a good thing? No, not always. Often it helps the growth of faster growing organisms such as the harmful ones like klebsiella. The inflammation brought on by a klebsiella overgrowth can feel very painful similar to pain such as from food poisoning.
Intestinal dysbiosis is a very common thing but it is easily treatable once the correct strains of beneficial microorganisms are reintroduced to the intestinal tract.
About intestinal adhesions, this can be a common occurrence in those with crohn’s disease . the intestinal trauma caused by crohn’s causes bloody lesions which often grow together in appropriate manners developing adhesions in the intestinal walls to other sections of intestines. Sometimes this causes fistulas to form where the intestines are re-routed with one section growing into another section.
Crohn’s is an extreme case of intestinal dysbiosis with certain harmful strains such as mycobacterium avium paratuburculosis turning the intestines into a bloody mess as the intestines attempt to heal adhesions and fistulas form.
Protect yourself from the effects of crohn’s with correct probiotics from soil based organisms and intestinal troubles including dysbiosis and adhesions will be kept to a minimum.
Replied by Brenda
I truly feel for you! I have had 13 abdominal surgeries. To make a long story short, the only “bowel obstruction, ” that had me in ER for 14 hours screaming in pain, before being admitted for 9 days of “bowel rest;” was mesh breaking. I had absolutely no knowledge of any mesh. It was 4 1/2 years and at least $1.5 Million in medical bills, given 20% of survival, with or without a small bowel transplant before I learned that I didn’t have an obstruction; in that sense.
I encourage people to get a copy of their surgical report and a copy of any product device insertion, associated with that surgery. I have short bowel syndrome as a result.
Food comes out undigested if I don’t take digestive enzymes. I also take Organic Wheat Germ Oil, Olive Oil, Flax Seed Oil and so many other nutrients. I will try the Calendula mixture, because I hear a surging noise at times.
I only go to Chiropractor and ND, for 1 1/2 years and I hope I never have another surgery of any type. Best wishes to you.
Replied by Kt
I have to open capsules and pour contents in a mouthful of water or unsweetened applesauce.