Surgery in Germany?


At Mon, 23 Jun 2003, Sally Grigg wrote on the Message board of the International Adhesion Society:

Hi everyone, Well, I know you all are in pain and its very hard, but I have to say something bluntly.
"It's too far to go" is something that I hear all the time. 
When you stop and think, you have only one body and a bad surgery can make you worse. There is no distance 
"too far to go"
I know the money is hard if not next to impossible, but it is possible. 
The distance is not impossible,

planes take you to Germany in less than a day (hours from the East coast.) 
body is more important than anything, I know children, and our parents are important, but what good will we be to them if we are half dead. 
Sorry to be so pushy, but its so important. 

Sally Grigg 



Prepared by Roselyn Macdonald,, after having surgery with Dr Kruschinski in late October, 2004.

As you read this information, there are three big advantages that Dr Kruschinski offers any adhesions patient, and which to my knowledge nobody else can, or will, offer. These are precisely and exactly WHY you SHOULD go to Dr K for your surgery and why it is very likely not only to get rid of your pain(s) but also to be the last surgery you’ll ever need for adhesions. As a patient myself who has had 18 years of adhesions and some 5 laparotomies (bad cut from the belly button straight down all the way each time) and some 4 or so laparoscopies with gas, I can tell you this truly. Your post operative pain will be nothing at all like previous surgeries because the spray gel keeps all cut surfaces sliding happily past each other. No ripping and tearing pain such as I had previously thought was ordinary and common (which of course it is for any of you who have not had Dr K’s wonderful work done on you). 

The hospital where you will have the surgery and initial recovery stay is a first class hospital with 2 beds or 1 beds per room and is very modern, clean and nicely appointed. The standard of nursing care is very very high. The hospital has an excellent patient-care status – as well as a private post-operative recovery room for one-on-one care. There are cultural differences to be sure; but nothing that will prevent the patient from receiving high quality care – nor from enjoying their stay! Most of the nurses speak English very well! There were just a few words we had problems with – but not many. I had no problem understanding them! They were all very sweet and helpful.


Roselyn Macdonald's view on gasless surgery:


Advantages of using the gasless laparoscopy with a particular emphasis on how it offers the first real hope to adhesions patients:

  1. Cost effective

    1. No expensive CO2 gas
    2. SprayGel / SprayShield greatly reduces length of hospital stay for surgical patients, see 5a.
    3. Ditto b. for less outpatient follow-up and very much less chance of needing repeat adhesion surgery in future years, see 5 b.
    4. Significantly less specialized training of surgeons as technique in gas-less laparoscopy is largely the same as in ordinary open laparotomy, see 2 a.

  2. Uses normal

    1. Already familiar instruments
    2. More direct hand contact with operative surfaces than in the old laparoscopy with gas
    3. Easy changing of instruments without loss of gas

  3. No CO2 damage to cells

    1. No risk of hypoxemia, acidosis. Global acidosis or global necrosis on the cells of the peritoneum
    2. Therefore MUCH less risk of adhesions from any of the items in “a” above, and Much less risk of adhesions even just from the CO2 alone

  4. Ability to use local anaesthesia
  5. Absolutely no blind puncture injuries

    1. All work is done directly under vision

  6. SprayGel / SprayShield keeps all surfaces slippery

    1. Greatly reduces post operative pain, patient requires less pain medication, feels better sooner and consequently has a much shorter hospital stay (in my case a difference of 2 nights instead of an average of 10 nights)
    2. Dramatically reduces if not eliminates re-formation of adhesions
    3. Less adhesions or no adhesions means a significant chance of no further surgery


 It is vitally important to understand that:

  • The gas-less laparoscopy uses a machine called the Abdo-lift which is carefully calibrated to lift the abdominal wall to an acceptable level of pressure which does not damage muscles, nerves and tissue. It is the Abdo-lift which gives a clear view of the surgical field thus cancelling the need for the harmful CO2 gas.
  • The SprayGel / SprayShield is only properly effective when used in conjunction with the gasless laparoscopy. This is because the SprayGel / SprayShield is a fine jet of spray which will be blown about by the high pressure CO2 gas and will thus merely spot the cut surgical surfaces of the patient haphazardly here and there, rather than giving a dense even blanket coverage. This dense blanket coverage is vital for the spray-gel to keep ALL of the cut surgical surfaces of the patient from sticking together whilst healing and thus creating more adhesions.
  • Furthermore the cold CO2 gas naturally causes cells to constrict and thus prevents the SprayGel / SprayShield from infiltrating the tissues properly. This also prevents the spray-gel from doing it’s job effectively.
  • It is also, of course, vital that good surgical techniques are used throughout, especially in the fight to prevent adhesions.

This document was prepared by Roselyn Macdonald who is not a medical person at all, but a patient with an 18 year history of adhesions starting in the first instance with endometriosis. She has had a large number of very skilfully and excellently performed laparoscopy’s and laparotomy’s over the 18 years with the overriding problem always being adhesions with partial bowel obstructions necessitating many hospital stays. She whole heartedly endorses the pioneering work of Dr. Daniel Kruschinski in Germany, who is the first person in all of the long 18 years who is not only willing, but eager to operate on cases like myself who are almost certainly going to be difficult and time consuming. The reason he does not run away from adhesions? Hopefully obvious to you from reading the above, he really does have the answer. I am happy to speak to anyone medical, patient or just curious. 
My phone number is +44 1202 545 614. 

Don't forget, gasless laparoscopy and SprayGel / SprayShield work together


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