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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

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Dr. Mark Aranson
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Adhesions (Definition)

Adhesions is a condition in which two or more organs or organ surfaces are stuck together. Adhesions are common after surgery or infection, in which the healing response causes scar tissue to connect organs that normally should slide around freely. Adhesions can cause symptoms such as abdominal ...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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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 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

Dr. Hector Chapa
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Abdominal Adhesions (Definition)

Abdominal adhesions are often a complication or result of abdominal surgery, where abnormal scar tissue forms between the abdominal organs. This causes them to stick together and can lead to obstruction or ...Read more