Hysterectomy Scar Tissue


Hysterectomy is a surgical process to remove uterus in women. When a woman undergoes the operation of removal of uterus or hysterectomy, there are some side-effects. The side-effects can be in the form of hysterectomy scar tissues. When surgeons remove the uterus, ovaries or both, the remaining organs sometimes form attachments to other organs. This results in a lot of pain for many women. Women having a hysterectomy often experience chronic pain from resulting scar tissues that forms after surgery. The pain from hysterectomy is strong and continuous, and often leaves women in more pain than they had before hysterectomy. Symptoms from adhesions usually begin within 6 months of hysterectomy surgery.


After Effects of Hysterectomy


Chronic Pelvic Pain Due to Scar Tissue: The first type is the chronic pelvic pain that is due to scar tissue or adhesion. When scar tissue forms it leads to sticking together of the organs, due to the movement or any type of daily activity, trapped nerves pull in developing scar tissue. This is where the chronic pain comes in.


The reason that adhesions and scarring is so hard to diagnose is because there's no easy way to see it without invasive techniques. Doctors use laparoscopy to diagnose endometriosis and often find adhesions present in the pelvic region.




There is some hope for women concerned about scarring and adhesions as a result of hysterectomy. Now surgeons experiment with and use absorbing adhesion barriers that protect tissues from developing scars and later adhesions. These barriers simply dissolve over time. Most surgeons agree that good surgical techniques combined with anti-scar products produce the best results.


For women with post operative scarring and adhesions from hysterectomy, there the chance of a second surgery that helps relieve the pain from scarring. However, it's important that doctors understand the cause of the pain before they perform any additional procedures. Both recurrent and infection endometriosis are the reasons for pelvic pain after a hysterectomy, so the right diagnosis is vital to proper treatment.


Adhesion and Internal Scar Tissue Formation: The hysterectomy causes internal scar tissue and forms an adhesion. An adhesion is a bond between two things which were not previously joined. It many cases adhesion causes an organ to attach to the wall of the abdominal cavity, or it could lead to an obstruction of the bowel. Adhesions are often quite painful because they restrict the freedom of movement of the organ or organs involved. Adhesions caused by pelvic inflammatory disease, for instance, can cause twisting of the reproductive organs, resulting in severe pain and fertility issues.



Doctors can check for adhesions with tools like ultrasound machines. Depending on the thickness of an adhesion, it may show up readily on an ultrasound, or it may present as a cloudy shape. Once a doctor has confirmed that adhesions exist and gauged their severity, treatment options can be considered. So to prevent yourself from more pain, you have to consult your surgeon and select a surgeon who is experienced so that there are no after surgery problems. Hysterectomy sacra pin is very painful and can sometimes lead to second surgery. It cannot be detected easily, though ultrasound is used to detect the scars.


Chronic Pelvic Pain: As a result of the formation of a scar tissue and thus adhesions, there is trapping of nerve cells by the adhesions and this may lead to pelvic pain. It may further hamper the emotional and mental life of the sufferer.


So to end, post hysterectomy scarring and subsequent pelvic pain isn’t the end.  Doctor’s can perform a second surgery but only after diagnosing the root cause of pain as both infection and recurrent endometriosis are an etiology for pelvic pain.

Top Comments

This information was helpful , wish I had looked in to the affects of a hyterectomy before .
by cheryl     16-Apr-2012

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