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Alternative 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
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
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
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
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
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
No: Abdominal adhesions are usually intestinal and don't involve the GB. ...Read more
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
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
Just had lysis of adhesions. How long before pain will go away? Abdominal adhesions were extensive. On pain meds.
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
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
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
Yes: Yesplease see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve. ...Read more
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
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
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.
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