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What are the available treatments for abdominal adhesions?

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

Dr. Mark Aranson
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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


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What can I do about possible abdominal adhesions?

What can I do about possible abdominal adhesions?

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.. ...Read more

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Can the pain come and go with abdominal adhesions?

Can the pain come and go with abdominal adhesions?

Not directly: Adhesions do not in and of themselves cause pain. They can lead to pain if they are causing obstruction, wherein the dilating bowel above the obstruction distends and is painful and cramping. Pain may be present if there's traction caused by an adhesion, usually causing pain with twisting of the body - not very common. That's about it. Good luck. ...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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Is it normal for the pain to come and go with abdominal adhesions?

Yes: Adhesions unfortunately are the consequence of any surgery. More surgery will create more adhesions so in general further surgery is not recommended for pain alone. Reserve surgery for intestinal obstructions or intractable pain. ...Read more

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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 abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Can abdominal adhesions cause pain after colonoscopy?

Possibly: As the scope is advanced and air placed in the colon some degree of stretch and distortion can occur putting tension and possibly tearing adhesions in the abdominal cavity. These can cause pain and even potentially bleeding. If you are having pain especially with a fever or nausea, please call your endoscopist and discuss with them. They need to be aware to determine if a complication has occured. ...Read more

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What do abdominal adhesions have to do with the digestive system?

What do abdominal adhesions have to do with the digestive system?

Adhesions are: Scars that can form in the abdomen form prior infection or surgery and these bands of scar tissue can cause kinks or blockages in the bowel preventing normal passage of intestinal contents. Most resolve with conservative treatment but those that don't require semi emergent surgery to fix the blockage. ...Read more

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Just had lysis of adhesions. How long before pain will go away? Abdominal adhesions were extensive. On pain meds.

Depends: If the lysis was done for pain, not sure it will help your pain, specially if its same pain as before surgery.

If done for a bowel obstruction, then you should get better, sometimes it takes 4-6 weeks to get back to normal after an "open" operation. Contrary to what is often said, specially by gyns, adhesions to bowel do not cause pain unless they also kink and obstruct the bowel. ...Read more

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Non-surgical treatment for abdominal adhesions?

Non-surgical treatment for abdominal adhesions?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?

Zero to major: Abdominal adhesion form as a result of inflammation and the common causes include infection, trauma, benign/malignant growth, and surgery. Some adhesions are asymptomatic and found incidentally by your surgeon while attending to other problem. Some adhesions can be problematic and cause bowel obstruction and pain - a topic of heated debates. ...Read more

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Are there any good books on abdominal adhesions?

Surgery text: Schwartz
sabiston
may have as much as anywhere.
Abdominal are fibrous bands -tissue that occur after surgery or inflammation and can attach to bowel and organs.
Not a problem unless bowel gets twisted and obstructed / or one needs another abdominal operation. ...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 after effects of abdominal adhesions?

What are the after effects of abdominal adhesions?

Often, none.: 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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Is there anything that can be done to relieve pain and symptoms for abdominal adhesions caused by 7 previous surgeries?

DIET: One out of ten patients who have had abdominal surgery will require additional surgery for small bowel obstruction due to adhesive disease. If you have a narrow intestinal channel due to adhesions, certain foods (hard to digest types/large peices of meat, nuts, raw veges, beans with husks) or incomplete chewing may result in a blockage. A soft, easy to digest type of diet may be your best option. ...Read more

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Is there any OTC medicine for abdominal adhesions that I can buy from CVS or Walgreen? I have a family member overseas suffering this. Thanks.

Is there any OTC medicine for abdominal adhesions that I can buy from CVS or Walgreen? I have a family member overseas suffering this. Thanks.

No: There is no medication, OTC or prescription, which will prevent or eliminates intra-abdominal adhesions. The only cure for them would be more surgery, if they cause obstruction of the bowels or other organs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can abdominal adhesions be seen on a CT scan?

Can abdominal adhesions be seen on a CT scan?

No: Adhesions are basically scar tissue connecting tissues or organs which are not normally connected. This can not be seen on ct scans, but the effects (such as a bowel obstruction) may be visible. ...Read more

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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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What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

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. ...Read more

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Will abdominal adhesions grow back after being surgically removed 6 months ago?

Will abdominal adhesions grow back after being surgically removed 6 months ago?

Likely: Intra-abdominal adhesions form after most any surgery inside the abdomen. Laparoscopic or minimal surgery may form the least adhesions. Each re-operation increases the amount of adhesions for most people. Adhesions that form are usually benign and do not have consequences. Intestinal blockage can sometimes come from adhesions, and pain is usually not caused by adhesions. ...Read more

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Could you see abdominal adhesions with a CT scan with contrast and IV injection?

Could you see abdominal adhesions with a CT scan with contrast and IV injection?

Large: Adhesions are sometimes seen. Usually what is seen is the effect the adhesion is having on the intestine. Sometimes they are not detected until found at surgery. ...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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Does manual therapy really work for abdominal adhesions?

Does manual therapy really work for abdominal adhesions?

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. ...Read more

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Can an MRI find an abdominal adhesion? Thks.

Usually no: Most adhesions a very thin and to small to see with MRI or CT. Their affects on adjacent tissue may be visible with MRI ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an abdominal adhesion?

What sort of problem is an abdominal adhesion?

Scar tissue.: Adhesions are very common following abdominal surgery, related to one's intrinsic reaction to the trauma of surgery and the severity of the inflammatory process that led to the operation (ie, perforated appendicitis). Adhesions come in all shapes and sizes, from flimsy spider-web like bands, to concrete-like reactions. Thankfully, they rarely cause problems, namely bowel obstructions. ...Read more

Dr. Hector Chapa
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Abdominal Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions are bands of tissue, usually between your ...Read more