C-section pain is commonly caused by adhesion formation that occurs after the surgery. Adhesions form as the first step in the healing process after any surgery, trauma, infection, or inflammation. As the first step in the healing process, tiny strands of collagen rush to the site that has been cut. There, they lay down in a random pattern to create the powerful bonds we call adhesions.
After a C-section, these adhesions remain in the body for life, as a permanent by-product of the surgery. Wherever they form, adhesions join internal bodily structures with strong glue-like bonds that can last a lifetime
As the body’s tissues heal and adhesions form, the tissues begin to shrink. This can result in an uncomfortable pulling sensation or pain. This contraction creates more mechanical irritation, often perpetuating the process of adhesion formation.
When adhesions form in the delicate folds of the bowels, they can create pain or digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome. In severe cases, these adhesions can cause bowel obstruction, a potentially life-threatening condition. C-section adhesions can also form in the delicate tissues of the reproductive tract, causing secondary infertility, pelvic pain or intercourse pain.
Adhesions may impair fertility in women by causing blockage of the fallopian tubes. It has been estimated that:
* At least one-third of women who suffer from pelvic pain have adhesions as a cause of or contributor to the pain.
* Adhesions involving the ovaries or fallopian tubes are responsible for 15-20 percent of female infertility cases.
* Small bowel obstruction is often a surgical emergency and is particularly common after gynecological surgery.
The British Journal of Surgery, 1999 (Ellis)1 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.
According to a recent study in Birth (2008), 18 percent of women who underwent C-section surgery reported pain at the incision six months postpartum. A study 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. Adhesions can also be a cause of painful sex after a c-section
C section adhesions can cause ongoing pain or dysfunction, long after the surface scars have healed. You can reduce the likelihood of these complications by using our Deluxe C Section Recovery Kit. Our uniquely designed 100% Cotton Bikini Belt can be worn immediately after cesarean delivery, or other abdominal surgery. The Hem It In Binder can be worn three weeks post surgery, to further accelerate your healing and reduce pain.
The kit also includes the Hemming Scar Therapy Guide, created by a Professional Massage therapist who experienced an emergency C Section. The DVD guide gives you many simple and effective tools to reduce adhesions and other complication and assist you in a faster and better c section recovery.