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A 38-year-old member asked:

what are the available treatments for abdominal adhesions?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Surgery: Surgery remains the anchor treatment for adhesions. Adhesions typically recur after surgery, so careful evaluation is needed.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Surgery: Adhesions are a very common byproduct of abdominal surgery, related to the nature of the operation, the disease treated, and patient-factors. Most adhesions do not cause any problems. Surgery is reserved for adhesions that cause small bowel obstruction that does not respond to conservative treatment. It is speculated as a common cause of chronic abdominal pain.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Does manual therapy really work for abdominal adhesions?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: Abdominal massage and the like is helpful for some patients with irritable bowel syndrome. This may provide temporary symptomatic relief for adhesions, but surgery remains the mainstay of treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I do about possible abdominal adhesions?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No sympt? do nothing: See your doc. If you have no symptoms, e.g. Recurring pain, or blockages, then no need to do anything. Got symptoms? Individualized evaluation and treatment. Sometimes surgery is done for obstruction due to adhesions. The surgery cuts (lyses) the problem adhesions, but the surgery causes new adhesions which may or may not become a problem in the future..
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What can I eat if I have abdominal adhesions?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Trial and error: There are no magical answers to this. I don't see consistent patterns with my patients with adhesions. Without further specifics, i would look at your bodies responses to foods and eat accordingly.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Scar tissue: Abdominal adhesions represent scar tissue attaching between different abdominal organs. This can be triggered by any process of inflammation or surgery. Treatment is usually observation or surgery.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an abdominal adhesion?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Scarring: An adhesion is usually caused by scarring in the abdominal cavity after a surgery. This can cause issues such as pain and bowel obstruction. This can be fixed sometimes by surgical means if symptoms are severe.

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