Surgery & Incontinence

Incontinence from surgery can be common, particularly endometriosis and prostate ops. and hysterectomies, slings or pregnancy terminations are serious matters to consider for anyone.

An operation should always be your last option rather than your first and generally many people who have one carried out in the uro-genital area end up becoming incontinent either permanently or temporarily following such a procedure .

Following some operations a long period of recuperation can ensue.The main cause is generally internal trauma and scarring to the area operated on.

This scarring is referred to as an adhesion. For example scarring can occur in the uterus or the pelvic area as a result of a surgical procedure and the cutting through the tissue with a scalpel will cause adhesions. Any muscle that incurs a scar will naturally not be as effective or as efficient as it was previously so its function is restricted.

Adhesions are a type of scar forming the connection between two parts of your body. They can cause severe problems like chronic pelvic pain. Adhesions created by a medical procedure in or around the female reproductive organs, as an example, can cause infertility and chronic pain and incontinence.

The problem is once scarring (adhesions) are there; it is very difficult to remove them. An operation may not be the only cause of adhesions –chemotherapy or infections or even endometriosis could also cause it but by far the most common cause is a surgical procedure.

The purpose here is not to instruct the reader about every operation but to warn them surgery and incontinence are closely linked and when it comes to a procedure in the uro-genital area means there is always a risk involved so it’s important to consider your options carefully.Why because of the uro-genital area has a wide network of nerves and damage to those nerves can permannetly leave the patient incontinent both bowel and bladder.

Additionally if there are existing adhesions in an area from earlier preocedures it becomes increasingly more risky to have another one carried out in the same proximity and if you are incontinent pre op the likelihood of adhesions occurring could increase your risk of further incontinence from an operation.

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