Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Adhesion Related Disorder ~ A Harrowing account of an emergency c section

February 15, 2014

Scar tissue from surgeries threatens woman's life

"The doctor who completed the surgery later described to Jones what he found.
"He'd never seen anything like it. My anatomy was all screwed up. The scar tissue was so bad that he couldn't get in my uterus," Jones said.
Jaxson wasn't breathing when surgeons removed him from his mothers' womb. He was resuscitated and rushed to neonatal intensive care.
At the same time, Jones had been injured in the fight to get her son out of her body. Two ropes of scar tissue wrapped around her bladder squeezed and tore the organ in two.
A nine-hour surgery was required to keep her alive.
"When the doctor came out, I rushed up and wanted to thank the man who had saved my daughter's life," Holt said. "He said, 'Thanks needs to be given somewhere else. There was a higher power and angels in that room. In any other circumstances, she and Jaxson wouldn't have made it."
Jones survived and has recovered somewhat. But she has reached the point where her adhesions will likely end her life unless the scar tissue is cleaned out.
Doctors have told her using conventional treatment, it would take surgeons days to clean out and remove all of the scar tissue that is causing her problems.
Even if that were a realistic option, the current methods would create more scar tissue. Her adhesions would come back as bad, if not worse, than before.
"Everything is being torn and twisted and strangled. Doctors have told us she's basically a ticking time bomb," Holt said. "Her bladder is being strangled, and her colon is being strangled."
But for the first time in years, Jones has hope. She has found a doctor who has developed a revolutionary method that would remove the adhesions without bringing them back.
Dr. Constantine Frantzides, with the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, would create a tiny incision under the ribs. Layer by layer, he could take the scar tissue out."
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