It may seem silly to do this because once the intestines are cleared of the adhesions, also called scar tissue, then the tummy is ready to function again although sometimes not right away. Because of the surgery, the stomach muscles become weak and painful to move to put pressure on and attempts to make a bowel movement can become very difficult. As a result hospital stays become longer since the physicians who are supposedly caring for your ailment while you are in the hospital, continue to use the NG tube to extract liquid and food from your body until they feel it is safe for you to consume some sort of food even if it is broth or sugar free jello. Ok, a bowel obstruction is not like having your tonsils removed but it does affect your food intake during recovery.
The collagen that builds up in the body is what actually creates the scar tissue. The collagen forms as a result of the body trying to heal itself after surgery, injury or inflammation. Since the body cannot regulate the amount of collagen it produces to help the body's tissue recover, the body will continue to produce collagen around a scar and will continue to grow. The body needs collagen as it is the major component of the connective tissue in our body. Collagen connects the tissue in our body together. Collagen is in the ligaments, skin and tendons. It is also found in bone and cartilage and in the stomach or gastrointestinal tract, which is why bowel obstructions in the intestines are common due to surgery. As a protien, collagen is fibrous and it prevents the skin from sagging or wrinkling.
I say waste not want not....
Ask the surgeon who removes the collagen from your body to save it and preserve it for you. Just tell him or her that the collagen can be useful in keeping your skin looking healthy. Then ask if there is a way that you can be injected with your own collagen at some point once you get well enough to do this. If your own collagen can be processed into a fluid and be injected in to areas where you may need them to help your skin, the hospital can get paid without upsetting you! Hey, that will be one supplement you won't get billed for through your insurance company. You just pay for collagen processing and administration. And with all that surgery to remove the collagen, you may have enough collagen to make you look twenty years younger. Such a shame to throw it all away or shall I say better luck next time? No there is no need for a next time because this article is about physical therapy for bowel obstruction.
When scars or injuries heal especially after surgey, the risk of adhesions or scar tissue growing are more because that is how the excess, if you will collagen is formed. The problem then becomes, if a person has surgery or procedure known as lysis of adhesions to remove the excess scar tissue, how long will it take before scar tissue from this surgery grows to create yet another bowel obstruction? Which would mean more surgery. The answer is not so simple because collage forms umbilical in nature, it gives life by nursing the tissue to heal itself, but if produced in abundance then it will block the intestines from releasing gas and bowel movements. This is when physical therapy for those who suffer from chronic bowel obstruction is the most valuable. There are massage techniques that can help sever the collagen from itself to prevent bowel obstructions. It may be wise to inquire about this to physical therapy clinics so that once a person leaves the hospital or has outpatient surgery-rehabilitation or physical therapy for lysis adhesions can begin to prevent scar tissue from forming in a way that it blocks the intestines from functioning properly. If you are on a budget and cannot afford physical therapy to prevent chronic bowel obstruction then a "3 in 1- massager, TENS Unit and and muscle stimulator device" can be purchased relatively inexpensively and used on the abdomen to diffuse of the scar tissue . In addition to keeping excess collagen at bay in your intestines. Potty Squat therapy can also be used to stmilate the abdominal muscles and colon so that bowel mmovements can be made without too much effort. A stepping stool or a potty squat can be used for therapy. The patient can sit in a chair and with the stepping stool or potty squat they can practice moving their lower body on and off the stool thus, stimulating the intestines, abdominal muscles and colon to work together for optimal bowel flow. A stepping stool or a potty squat can also be used in the bathroom, as a therapy to assist the body in removing waste when the urge to go is there but a little help is needed.
When your bowels cops a squat- physical therapy for bowel obstruction is here to help!