Did you know that abdominal surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in Canada?
Abdominal surgery refers to both open and laparoscopic surgical procedures performed on front part of the torso, below the rib cage and above the pelvic inlet, which marks the top of the pelvic bowl where the bladder, rectum and genital organs reside.
Many people recover well from various abdominal surgeries with no complications. Other people are not so fortunate and can suffer with abdominal pain, rib tightness, digestive discomfort or numbness and tingling in the skin of the abdominal area. As if these aren’t already enough on their own, these symptoms can make eating, lifting, breathing and otherwise using the abdominal area effectively very difficult.
Types of Abdominal Surgeries
Abdominal surgery involves making incisions in the abdominal area to access the organs and structures inside the abdomen. Commonly, all or part of a structure is removed, while the neighboring attachments are cut and tied off or cauterized. At times only small areas are cut into to take a tissue sample for a biopsy or address a small, local cyst or adhesion. In other cases mesh, stitches, bands, staples or other foreign bodies are put into the abdomen for a specific purpose. There are many different types of abdominal surgeries and some of the most common include:
- Appendectomy: removal of the appendix
- Cholecystectomy: removal of the gallbladder
- Hernia repair: repair of a weak area in the abdominal wall that allows organs or tissue to bulge through
- Gastrointestinal surgery: surgery of the stomach and intestines
Abdominal surgery is typically done under general anesthesia, which means the patient is asleep and pain-free during the procedure. The surgery is usually performed through one or more incisions made in the abdomen. The incision may be closed with sutures or staples, and a surgical drain may be placed to remove any excess fluid.
At Diane Lee & Associates we do a thorough assessment of your medical history and a physical assessment of your posture and current function. With these findings, we work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan (including but not limited to visceral manipulation, ultrasound imaging for motor control training of your abdominal muscles, dry needling (IMS) for both scars and muscle relaxation, movement training & exercises) to help you to at best get rid of, or at worst manage, any residual symptoms you have after surgery. We help you with goal setting and coach you towards returning to the pastimes you enjoy.
Our clinicians collaborate with your existing healthcare team to ensure your treatment plan is followed through. In the event that you need suggestions for who may be a good fit to add to your healthcare team, we have a broad network of excellent providers we regularly refer to. We look forward to meeting you and working with you after your abdominal surgery.