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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


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How long would it take for scar tissue from an open appendix removal take to start causing abdomen pain?

Variable: Scar tissue often never causes pain, so it's impossible to determine the answer to your question. If you're having chronic pain after healing from an open appendectomy, see your surgeon. There may be something that could be causing the pain and that could be treated. ...Read more

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Numerous surgeries in abdomen area 4 surgeries ago they had to scale my mothers bowels due to scar tissue.Now having wieght loss extreame pain?

Numerous surgeries in abdomen area 4 surgeries ago they had to scale my mothers bowels due to scar tissue.Now having wieght loss extreame pain?

Follow up with doc: Her abdominal pain could be to a several things. She could be having intermittent obstruction or if they removed bowel each time could have short gut syndrome, etc. She should follow up with her surgeon about her symptoms. ...Read more

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What does scar tissue in the abdomen feel like?

What does scar tissue in the abdomen feel like?

Depends on time: When scar is initially forming, the sites should feel firm, maybe lumpy or raised. With time, healing gradually progresses with increased blood flow and fibrous tissue (scar) is laid down to hold tissues together. In time it softens and becomes less noticeable. If from internal surgery scarring may form adhesions which can cause pain, gas, etc. See your physician. ...Read more

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How does abdominal scar tissue feel?

How does abdominal scar tissue feel?

Many presentations: Abdominal scar tissue may feel like a tight band or a lump. It may not feel like anything at all. It really depends on how much and where it is in the abdomen. It should not feel like a mass; if you're feeling a big lump, get it checked out. Also get it checked if it is painful. Scars can be painful but you don't want to miss something else. ...Read more

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Why isn't my wound vac incision site on my abdomen closing almost three months after having it removed? Could scar tissue be keeping it from closing?

Why isn't my wound vac incision site on my abdomen closing almost three months after having it removed?  Could scar tissue be keeping it from closing?

Infection, FB, Scar,: There are a variety of reasons for delayed healing such as infection, foreign bodies such as mesh or suture, scar, malnutrition, steroids, diabetes, and many other reasons that should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Why does my back hurt so badly when I need to use the bathroom? All good on colonoscopy. Have had a couple of abdominal surg. Could it be scar tissue?

Why does my back hurt so badly when I need to use the bathroom? All good on colonoscopy. Have had a couple of abdominal surg. Could it be scar tissue?

Increased pressure.: You may be experiencing increased back pain if you strain at your stools. If you do, try stool softeners if necessary, and eat 9-11 servings of vegetables and fruits daily. The latter strategy decreases inflammation and may also help detoxify your body. See your doctor for further evaluation if you're not feeling better. Scar tissue from abdominal surgery is a dubious cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What surgical specialty is most appropriate to remove a ping-pong-sized cutaneous endometriosis and scar tissue anterior to the abdominal fascia?

What surgical specialty is most appropriate to remove a ping-pong-sized cutaneous endometriosis and scar tissue anterior to the abdominal fascia?

GYN or Gen surgery: Both gyn surgeons and general surgeons deal with surgery of the anterior abdominal wall. Cutaneous endometriosis and scar tissue anterior to the abdominal fascia can be surgically excised with direct repair of the abdominal wall. Some wall defects may require special surgical techniques and or mesh for wall closure. Seek multiple opinions, you have plenty of time for review and options. ...Read more

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How to get rid of the bump, scar tissue on lower abdomen after a hysterectomy? It's been 7 months

How to get rid of the bump, scar tissue on lower abdomen after a hysterectomy? It's been 7 months

Abdominal Scar: An abdominal scar following c-section or abdominal hysterectomy can be improved by non-surgical or surgical treatment depending on the nature of the scar. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to learn about your options. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more