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Dr. Hector Chapa
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Abdominal Adhesions (Overview)

Abdominal adhesions are often a complication or result of abdominal surgery, where abnormal scar tissue forms between the abdominal organs. This causes them to stick together and can lead to obstruction or malfunction of the intestines.


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What are abdominal adhesions?

What are abdominal adhesions?

Adhesions : Scar tissue which usually forms as the result of prior surgery, injuryvor in some cases significant infection.In the abdomen this scar tissue can result in a bowel blockage or obstruction. This may in turn lead to surgery to resolve the problem. This may be referred to as lysis (cutting) of adhesions. ...Read more

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Dr. Hector Chapa
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Abdominal Adhesions (Overview)

Abdominal adhesions are often a complication or result of abdominal surgery, where abnormal scar tissue forms between the abdominal organs. This causes them to stick together and can lead to obstruction or malfunction of the intestines.


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What are all the symptoms of abdominal adhesions and how bad do the pains get?

What are all the symptoms of abdominal adhesions and how bad do the pains get?

Several: Abdominal colicky pain, abdominal distention, no stool or flatus, nausea, fever, vomitting. Initially, they need to confirm obstruction with an exam and an xray or ct scan. Then initially will be treated with complete bowel rest(nothing by mouth) and IV fluids, with or without a nasogastric tube. If it doesn't resolve in 24 hours surgery may be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Can a colonoscopy diagnose a partial large bowel obstruction caused by abdominal adhesions?

Maybe: Adhesions occur from pror surgery. Was there past surgery? External adhesions would be rare to cause colon obstruction. If there was prior colon surgery, then surgical site anastomosis narrowing or scarring would be visible at colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any best treatment for abdominal adhesions but without surgery?

Please let me know if there is any best treatment for abdominal adhesions but without surgery?

Surgery for: Abdominal adhesions is only necessary if the adhesion block the bowel or other tubular structure such as the kidney ureters. If no blockage is present, generally no need for surgery. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat abdominal adhesions?

Is there more than one good way to treat abdominal adhesions?

Yes: Yesplease see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve. ...Read more

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What are the available treatments for abdominal adhesions?

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. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of abdominal pain from adhesions?

How do you get rid of abdominal pain from  adhesions?

Need more info...: I am always apprehensive when i hear the words "adhesions" and "pain" in the same sentence. Adhesions are a very common by-product of abdominal and pelvic surery and usually cause no symptoms whatsoever. Furthermore, they can only be seen surgically: not on physical exam, not by x-rays or u/s. I advise you to see your ob/gyne or primary care doctor to help sort out the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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What pain tablets can I use for pain due to abdominal adhesions?

Seek cause of pain. : Adhesions are the inevitable consequence of prior abdominal surgery and/or inflammation within the abdominal cavity. These adhesions compartmentalize the abdomen and may(rarely)cause the intestine to twist on itself, causing an acute small bowel obstruction. They are (all-too)often implicated as a cause of chronic abdominal or pelvic pain; this is a "diagnosis of exclusion"-search for other causes. ...Read more

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How can I prevent abdominal adhesions?

How can I prevent abdominal adhesions?

You can't: Prevent them. They form from episodes of intra-abdominal inflammation, endometriosis, or prior surgery. Laparoscopic surgery seems to reduce the risk of adhesion formation after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...Read more