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What causes adhesions on the intestine?

What causes adhesions on the intestine?

Peritoneal loss: Intestinal adhesions are due to the loss of the protective peritoneal membrane which envelops the small and large intestines. This is most commonly due to previous surgery but can be due to infection as well. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I found out I have adhesions in my intestines causing pain. It is getting worse on my lower right side, is surgery needed?

I found out I have adhesions in my intestines causing pain. It is getting worse on my lower right side, is surgery needed?

Not necessarily: 1. Adhesions don't always cause pain. 2. How do you know you have adhesions? 3. Adhesions don't always cause pain. 4. Adhesions will not show up on x-rays or ct. 5. I'd be hesitant to have a surgical procedure just "for adhesions" unless there is very strong clinical evidence they are causing a problem (such as intestinal obstruction), becauseā€¦ 6. Adhesions don't always cause pain. ...Read more

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Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Can severe long term bloating damage the intestine permanently? Does it cause diverticular, volvulus or adhesions? Thank you

Bloat is a symptom.: Bloating is not a condition unto itself. It's a symptom that would be indicative of some underlying condition. That condition, depending on what it is, could have long-term consequences. The reason for your bloating needs to be identified. ...Read more

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I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

I had a capsule endoscopy that was clear. In April & Aug 18th I had mild bowel obstructions in the sm intestines. Could the camera miss any adhesions?

YES , not intended: Capsule endoscopy will detect pathology ( disease ) inside the lumen of bowel like bleeding , tumors etc It can not visualize the adhesions as they are outer surface of bowel, but laparoscopic examination will . Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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During pelvic surgery they saw a kink in my large intestine. Would adhesions be visible if they were the cause? What else could be cause?

During pelvic surgery they saw a kink in my large intestine. Would adhesions be visible if they were the cause? What else could be cause?

Adhesions are seen: If thisisthe first operative procedure then no adhesions to be expected. On the otherhand excess bowel , especially in the sigmoid colon can result in a twist or kink known as volvulus. Did kink get resolved by the surgeon. Intussecption can also occur and look like kink if intraluminal lesion present. ...Read more

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What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

What's the standard treatment of post op adhesions which causes obstruction in the small intestines after a sigmoid colon cancer surgery?

None: There is no rx for adhesions themselves. If they cause a bowel obstruction then that will be treated with a tube through the nose to decompress the bowel and no food for a few days. If that doesnt work then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about intestinal adhesions?

Can you tell me more about  intestinal adhesions?

A lot: There is a lot to be said about it. They happen most commonly after all abdominal surgeries. Every time that you have surgery in the abdomen, you will develop intestinal adhesions. The only time that you need to address is when they cause a bowel obstruction, ...Read more

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Have had prior surgeries for abd adhesions.Bowel habitshave changed last month to hard bm.Fri i screamed itwasdohard anddaughter had to manually go in?

Have had prior surgeries for abd adhesions.Bowel habitshave changed last month to hard bm.Fri i screamed itwasdohard anddaughter had to manually go in?

May be constipation: It could be your adhesions, but if you have had constipation requiring manual dis-impaction, it is more likely that you need to change your diet and drink more water. A tumor in the rectum can also cause these symptoms, and a specialist (gi or surgeon) can do several tests to get you a definitive answer. Do not put it off. ...Read more

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How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

How can adhesions cause small bowel obstruction?

Think of adhesions: as bands of fibrous scars. If one happens to form in a location that involves a bowel loop, the loop can be deformed or compressed to the point where the lumen is compromised enough to be obstructed. ...Read more

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Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

Are adhesions the usual cause of small bowel obstruction?

IT'S A RISK FACTOR: Repeated abdominal surgeries might increase the likelihood of developing abdominal adhesions. In simple terms like cobwebs. These can sometimes be the cause of partial or complete bowel obstructions. The mechanism is different because the source is external as compared to a mass growing inside the bowel. Talk to your doctor about your concern. ...Read more

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Pressure on bladder from adhesions after a lot of bowel surgery?

Pressure on bladder from adhesions after a lot of bowel surgery?

Not sure: One could get adhesions from surgery. Bladder lives in a different space than bowel. It is possible, however, to get adhesions to bladder and this could potentially lead to symptoms. It is rare. C a urologist to discuss in person. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any cure for intestinal adhesions thro' alternative healing methods such as reiki?

Afraid not :/: Intestinal adhesions (or areas of the intestine that have grown abnormally "stuck" together, usually after a prior surgery) usually require surgical lysis if they are problematic. Ask your gastroenterologist or GI surgeon if there are any medically supported treatment alternatives. You can still practice reiki, as it isn't harmful. But do follow up w/ your doc about any necessary tx of adhesions ...Read more

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I'm scheduled to have my ovary removed robotically along with bowel adhesions, endriometrioes removed how long is recovery?

I'm scheduled to have my ovary removed robotically along with bowel adhesions, endriometrioes removed  how long is recovery?

Ask your surgeon ...: Please believe me, i'm not trying to be rude but i believe it's essential that patients ask questions of their physicians/surgeons, especially when it comes to procedures & medications, before agreeing to do/take something. The physician who proposes some procedure/medication should be able to address all your concerns and in fact, should propose answers to questions you haven't yet thought about. ...Read more

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I was told I have fluid around my bowels i had an op for obstructed bowel by adhesions but i've been in and out of hospital ever since.Is this serious?

I was told I have fluid around my bowels i had an op for obstructed bowel by adhesions but i've been in and out of hospital ever since.Is this serious?

Fluid around bowels: The fluid around your bowels could be ascites. If you have ascites, it is related to dysfunction of your liver. It is possible the hospital return visits are to manage this fluid, (parcentesis) and the liver dysfunction (biopsy, medications, education). Acsites can complicate any bowel surgery. Okay to ask your hospital team for more details. ...Read more

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Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Prevent abdominal adhesions from bowel obstruction?

Very difficult: Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that form inside the abdominal cavity after abdominal surgeries. Unfortunatel once you have them theres not much you can do to prevent a bowel obstruction in terms of diet or activity. Some people get obstructions frequently others never. If one occurs most times they can be managed without surgery but soetimes another surgery to free the intestines is necessary. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about intestinal adhesions - serious ones - the form after multiple abdominal surgery?

Can you tell me about intestinal adhesions - serious ones - the form after multiple abdominal surgery?

Scar tissue: Scar tissue can form after any abdominal surgery. The more abdominal surgeries one has had and the more complex the surgery the more serious the adhesions. Adhesions can cause other problems such as Bowel obstructions, bloating, abdominal pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi. I had 4 sections.1 op for adhesions on bowel. Tubes clamped. Since 2006 been in and out hospital with severe abdo pain. Now constant?

Hi. I had 4 sections.1 op for adhesions on bowel. Tubes clamped. Since 2006 been in and out hospital with severe abdo pain. Now constant?

See surgeon: There are a number of reasons for constant pain, but it needs to be worked up by a surgeon or a gastroenterologist. You may have adhesions, or there may be other issues going on. The work up will include CT scans, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and possibly exploratory surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Abdomen pain and heavyness very frequently. The recent scan report found that, subacute intestinal obstruction due to postoperative adhesions?

Be mindful: Surgical adhesions are not infrequent, and can lead to small bowel obstruction. Many cases resolve without surgical intervention, which is good! the more surgeries you undergo the more you develop new scar tissue. If you have severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and suddenly are no longer passing gas or bms, to er. If not, small but more frequent meals, high fiber, lots of fluids. ...Read more

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I get diarrhoea a lot, I've had bowel surgery twice second time to remove scar tissue everything ok, diarrhoea started does it mean adhesions back?

I get diarrhoea a lot, I've had bowel surgery twice second time to remove scar tissue everything ok, diarrhoea started does it mean adhesions back?

May not be adhesions: Without knowing all the issues regarding your intestine it may not be the adhesions. We need more of a background of understanding why you're having these type of symptoms what was the original work up. What was the reason for surgery, and what did your gastroenterologist say.. I would advise you discuss this with your gastroenterologist ...Read more

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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are scar tissue which can form after any abdominal surgery. The severity depends on whether infection/inflammation was present at the time of surgery. Adhesions are like bands or spider webs that form around the abdominal organs/intestines. Sometimes adhesions are light and cause no problems, sometimes tremendous problems, like crazy glue in the abdomen. Can ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more