The ETCA-ARD solutions Antwerp

How those afflicted with ARD can have hope


What are adhesions?
Adhesions are fibrous bands which connect tissues and organs that are normally separated. Generally, they occur within a week after surgery as a part of the normal healing process. 
Why are they a problem?
They often reduce movement and distort internal organs. Adhesions can cause a variety of complications including infertility, pelvic pain and bowel obstruction.  In a short way: they can greatly affect your daily activities. 
Where do adhesions form?
As they form on tissue surface following surgery: these can be found anywhere. But there are some organs where they are more likely to form, namely: ovaries, pelvic sidewalls, fallopian tubes and bowel. These are potentially affected during gynaecological and other procedures. 
What can be done?

You have to understand that you as a patient can neither cause, nor eliminate your own adhesions. 
Microsurgical techniques were developed so the primary causes of trauma and inflammation are minimized and the formation of adhesions reduced. 
Fortunately, the use of new adhesion barriers during the medical intervention offers great hope to prevent the formation of adhesions.  It actively prevents the tissues of forming a whole during the critical week following the surgery. 
How does it function?

During the abdominal, pelvic, surgery, the surgeon would apply the adhesion barrier on the surfaces who poses the biggest risk for the formation of adhesions, such as uterus, ovary, etc….  The coating prevents the tissues from gluing together and forming adhesions.  When the healing process is complete, this synthetic, absorbable, adhesion barrier dissolves and is carried away from the body by the urine. 
Important for yourself
The doctors you will meet understand and acknowledge that adhesions do cause pain along with a host of associated illnesses, disorders and medical problems that arise because adhesions are present.
They will do their utmost to improve your quality of life.
Why at the ETCA in Antwerp?
Here many internationally renowned Gynaecologic surgeons have formed world famous endoscopic units.
In Antwerp professor van Herendael has been involved in endoscopic surgery for more than 25 years.  On a yearly basis over 200 major endoscopic surgeries are performed by professor van Herendael and his staff, all highly trained in endoscopic surgery.
He founded an endoscopic school, the ETCA, the Endoscopic Training Centre Antwerp. Over 250 endoscopic surgeons have been trained at the ETCA and some of them are now leaders in the field on their own merit.
Professor van Herendael’s accomplishments in the field of endoscopic surgery have been recognized all over the world and the Università degli studi dell’ Insubria at Varese in Italy has bestowed him the honour of a professorship in endoscopic surgery.
To accomplish as high a surgical standard as possible a partnership with industry has been made. Karl Storz Gmbh & Co (Tuttlingen Germany), one of the world leaders in manufacturing endoscopic equipment, provides the theatres with their newest instruments, video and computer equipment.
We invite you to open the PDF file for a fully documented overview of the possibility for you to have your surgery carried out in Antwerp.
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Medical and practical information preparing you to a surgery abroad
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