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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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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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Can anyone please suggest remedies for adhesion-related bowel problems?

Can anyone please suggest remedies for adhesion-related bowel problems?

Laparoscopic surgery: Adhesions are basically scar tissue which forms in response to irritation or inflammation of the intestine. They can be minimized by having laparoscopic surgery rather than open abdominal surgery. Once you have bowel adhesions there is no good way to eliminate them. Laparoscopic surgery to free the adhesions can be done in many cases if there are significant symptoms. ...Read more

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I have several adhesions. The bowel and uterus are adhered and the 2 ovaries as well. How dangerous is this?

I have several adhesions. The bowel and uterus are adhered and the 2 ovaries as well. How dangerous is this?

Distressing problem: are due to previous surgery or infection . some will never have any symptoms , other will have bloating , dissension pain and bowel obstruction . Surgery is indicated for obstruction . Cant not clear them as they will reform after surgery . ...Read more

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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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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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What might be the cause of bowel adhesion?

What might be the cause of bowel adhesion?

Several: Surgery and inflammation are the usual causes of bowel adhesions. While fewer adhesions form after minimal access (laparoscopic) surgery, some still do form. Inflammatory causes of adhesions include diverticulitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, inflammation of the gall bladder. ...Read more

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Why would a girl have an adhesion on her bowel and bladder?

Surgery/inflammation: Surgery and inflammation are the usual causes of bowel adhesions. While fewer adhesions form after minimal access (laparoscopic) surgery, some still do form. Inflammatory causes of adhesions include diverticulitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, inflammation of the gall bladder. ...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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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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Since TAH 3 years ago laparoscopy found sigmoid to be adhered to pelvic side wall by dense omental and bowel adhesions. What is long term implication?

Since TAH 3 years ago laparoscopy found sigmoid to be adhered to pelvic side wall by dense omental and bowel adhesions. What is long term implication?

Adhesions: the main issue would be if you developed issues in that area of the bowel later in life. It may make surgery more difficult. Otherwise if you don't have any issues now, you likely won't as a result. ...Read more

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Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Can bowel adhesions cause vitamin deficiency and digestive problems?

Not commonly: Everyone that has had an a abdominal surgery will form some degree of adhesions. Hopefully most will be minimal. Most patients with "adhesions" will have no problems. If there is chronic or recurrent partial bowel obstructions from adhesions then maybe there could be digestive problems. Vitamin deficiency would not be likely unless they are unable to eat a healthy diet. ...Read more

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I am having open ventral hernia repair surgery with lysis of adhesions from multiple bowel surgeries do u think I will have to stay in hospital over ?

I am having open  ventral hernia repair surgery with lysis of adhesions from multiple bowel surgeries do u think I will have to stay in hospital over ?

Depends: This Question would best be answered by your surgeon. Depending on your age, other medical conditions, etc, will often determine if you need to stay overnight or can do a same day procedure. Having an open Hernia repair with lysis of adhesions will often require an overnight stay, so be sure to ask and discuss with your Surgeon, best wishes. ...Read more

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Laparoscopy to remove ovary and septated cyst but not seen due to sigmoid adherent to pelvic wall. Lap showed dense omental and bowel adhesion. Risk?

Laparoscopy to remove ovary and septated cyst but not seen due to sigmoid adherent to pelvic wall. Lap showed dense omental and bowel adhesion. Risk?

Surgical findings: This sounds like a complex surgical case. The best person to answer will be the surgeon who physically visualized what is going on inside. They are in the best position to explain what was found and if anything should be done. Typically omental and bowel adhesions are dissected and freed when found to help decrease the risk of pelvic pain. ...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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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