Adhesions are the Number 1 problem people complain about long after many infant surgeries. Adhesions are easily top-of-the-list for those who had surgery for infant pyloric stenosis (“PS”), judging by the “visits” to this blogsite and the online forums to which I subscribe.
Recently I corresponded with somebody whose post-PS adhesions were being treated by massage and physical therapy.
After this I was heartened to receive an email from Lawrence J (Larry) Wurn, who developed this treatment together with his wife Belinda; they now head up a network of six clinics in the U.S. offering this treatment. I also visited their website and read some of the testimonials. What could I do other than pass on this information that may be life-changing for some of our readers or their family and friends?
I am deeply touched by your blog. My physical therapist wife and I started studying adhesions after she underwent surgery and radiation therapy, just before we were married. A year afterwards, she could not walk, move or breathe without significant pain.
Knowing that surgery would only make her worse, I quit my job, and we began studying adhesions – first in the USA, then attended courses at a French Medical School.
When we were able to cure her, we opened a private physical therapy practice – our only focus is on adhesions. We were surprised when we found (and published data on the fact) that we could open adhesion-based blocked fallopian tubes. From there, it was not long until we started opening adhesion-related bowel obstructions, both partial and totally blocked intestines. We have recently published studies on all of these. Basically, we pull adhesions apart with our hands, crosslink by crosslink. It’s a bit like pulling apart the strands of a nylon rope, strand by strand.
I was touched by your blog because we have treated many people who have undergone infant surgery, and the post-treatment results have been very good. In fact, we recently published a study in which we treated a gentleman whose first surgery was for small bowel obstruction – when he was less than a week old… In his 70’s, he was still suffering from recurring adhesions and obstructions until we treated him. We did ‘before and after’ radiology images which showed that we cleared his adhesions and obstructions, using just our hands. His doctor says he will now no longer need surgeries 🙂
We have now grown into six clinics in the US, from Florida to California. You are using one of our images [it’s in my first post on adhesions – Ed.] Your blog is doing a wonderful service. Check out our site, contact me if you like, and let’s continue to help people overcome their adhesions – hopefully without surgery.
Director of Clinical Studies
Clear Passage Physical Therapy
In a follow-up email, Larry Wurn added some links that may well be of interest – and appealed for a suitable Australian physiotherapist who may be interested to join his team!
… I very much appreciate your dedication, your work and your blog, and will check in when I can.
The following links from our website may be useful for some of your readers. We have quite a bit of information including pages about adhesions, and about treating pain or dysfunction from early surgery. They can also download free book chapters that explain adhesions by clicking here.
Regarding early surgery, here’s a link to the study that includes the gentleman we treated at age 69 who suffered complications from two childhood surgeries, and how we treated him non-surgically. He had bowel obstruction surgery at birth, followed by an appendectomy in early childhood. The adhesions that formed from these and other surgeries caused problems throughout his life, then became life-threatening (bowel obstructions) in his 60s.
Some day, I would love to train a physiotherapist or osteopath in Australia in our work – we do get patients who fly here to Florida from Australia for therapy. It would be so much easier for them if I could train a physio in your part of the world. Would be great if one of your readers could direct one to me. Best would be a female physio or osteopathic physician, since we also treat adhesion-related female infertility. Because our work is ‘hands on,’ those female patients sometimes prefer to be treated by another woman.
… Thank you again for your dedication and your life work.