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non-surgical treatment for abdominal adhesions?

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Dr. Stanley Wilson
General Surgery 45 years experience
None usually needed: Anyone who has had abdominal surgery will have some adhesions, and over time they will subside on their own. The only time adhesions need surgery is when they are causing pain, vomiting, and intestinal obstruction. The best approach is to leave them alone, unless they are causing acute bowel obstruction. There is no effective non surgical treatment for adhesions, but symptoms may stop anyway.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Bowel obstruction: Surgical treatment for bowel obstruction related to abdominal adhesions is called exploratory laparotomy with lysis of adhesions. It can be performed open or laprascopically. Without bowel obstruction, adhesions are not treated surgically. Some docs will make a preliminary diagnosis of adhesions when patient presents with abdominal pain. The surgeon makes the diagnosis of bowel obstruction.

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