Did you know that your gut health can be affected by a surgery you’ve had at some point in your life?  Perhaps you had surgery many years ago as a child or maybe you’ve had surgery recently.  For women, the chance of having a C-section to deliver a baby is now between 30-35% on average.  Many women between the ages of 25 to 45 have had a C-section.  The reason that I’m talking about this is that often people don’t realize after they have had abdominal surgery changes in digestion can occur.

There are some common symptoms that you may notice that can alert you to something going on within your body.  A change in bowel movements is a common symptom along with abdominal bloating.  Often, bloating can occur randomly, after eating, or some women experience more bloating particularly as they get closer to having their period.  Many equate this to just normal hormone changes, but if you have had an abdominal surgery bloating can actually be related to scar tissue and adhesions that form over time. 

Scar Tissue & Adhesions

Frequently, scar tissue and adhesions can form after you have had a surgery or a C-section around the lower abdominal wall and the other organs such as your small and large intestines.  All of this can affect the rate of movement in the large intestines.  As a result, this can really back up your digestive flow and create a host of symptoms.  When this happens it can actually even create a problem that is called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  I have seen this with women that have had a C-section, an appendectomy, or another type of abdominal surgery at some point in their life.

Women will come to see me who are:

  • Feeling unwell
  • Lacking energy
  • Experiencing bloating
  • Unable to strengthen their abdominal wall
  • No longer able to do some of the activities they enjoy

As a physiotherapist, I work with women to get rid of the adhesions and keep the scar mobile.  Through my experience, I have discovered that there is a deeper root cause making women feeling unwell.  It often has to do with bacteria being trapped between the small and large intestine or along that chain due to scar tissue.  Although it is important to work on the scar tissue, it is equally important to work on the inside and clear the bacteria.  The only way to do this is by taking an individualized approach.  Specialized testing can be done to actually learn where the imbalances are in your gut system.  If there are some particular bacteria out of balance, you need to know what it is and how you can get it back within balance.

I’d Like to Help

Do you feel like you are suffering from symptoms such as abdominal bloating, unwarranted fatigue, and abdominal wall weakness?  I’m happy to have a consult with you to talk about this.  If this is left untreated, it can actually cause toxin recirculation in your body leading to chronic disease.  This could potentially lead to issues in the body, such as “leaky gut”, which increases the risk of many diseases, including autoimmunity, and potentially cancer. It’s really important that you learn how to get this bacteria moving and how to get your gut health back on track.  Feel free to contact me at www.angelasimpsonfunctionalmedicine.ca/contact.  Let’s schedule a free 45-minute consult to talk about your concerns and your health.

To learn more take a look at my full video on Abdominal Surgery & Gut Health:

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