Launches Trial on Adhesions Barrier
Dr. Tom Lyons
Tries New Approach to $20 Billion Internal Scarring &Pain Problem
Adhesions, or scars that sometimes form internally in
reaction to surgery, are a $20 billion per year problem in the U.S.,
involving pain for patients and expensive corrective techniques. Dr.
Tom Lyons’ Center for Women’s Care & Reproductive Surgery is now
conducting a study on prevention of adhesions.
“Even though our patients experience adhesive disease
very infrequently because we perform only laparoscopic surgery and the
incisions are so small, we intend to use this technique on every
patient,” said Dr. Lyons, a gynecologic surgery pioneer who developed
the Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy in 1989.
“This study on adhesions barriers, along with the
study we’re conducting with Olympus to visualize endometriosis more
easily are both extremely important,” he said.
Adhesions often form after Uterine Fibroid
Embolization (UFE) and Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) as painful and
intractable side effects. Prevention is key.
“We’ve participated in studies on adhesion prevention
numerous times over the years, and nothing has demonstrated success
except Adept™ so far,” said Lyons. Adept is a liquid, which can’t be
used on ovaries, so the new barrier and Adept will be used together when
Patients will have a pre-op and post-op pain inventory taken to
determine the likelihood of whether painful adhesions have actually
formed post-surgery. The adhesions barrier being studied will be used on
ovaries, pelvic sidewalls, the anterior abdominal wall, which is where
most adhesions form (over larger scars), and the uterus after myomectomy
Patients seek Dr. Lyons from around the world for his advanced
laparoscopic techniques, including surgical excision of endometriosis
(removing it beneath the root so it does not grow back), pelvic floor
reconstruction, reproductive and urinary leakage disorders.
Center for Women’s Care & Reproductive Surgery has offices in Atlanta
(Dunwoody), Blue Ridge (N. Georgia mountains) and Lake Oconee, Georgia,
at the Cowles Clinic.
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