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What Do Adhesions Feel Like
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
Scar tissue: Adhesions are caused by inflammation which can occur after the "trauma" of surgery or an acute illness (appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory dz., etc). They can look like spider webs, rope, or can "glue" organs together. This compartmentalizes the abdomen, leading to the risk of bowel getting twisted on itself causing acute obstructions. They may also entrap an organ such as the ovary, causing pain. ...Read more
Same as Scarring: Adhesion, like adhesive means to stick together. Internal organs in the peritoneal cavity or in joints and other anatomical locations can stick together. This is usually via fibrous tissue the body uses to repair itself after injury. The injury is surgery. In surgery, we must cut through various tissues and the body reacts with adhesion formation, just as your skin heals together with a cut. ...Read more
Scar tissue: An adhesion usually describes scar tissue surrounding the organs. Often caused by infection, trauma or surgery. If an adhesion pinches off the bowel it can cause obstruction and bowel death. Adhesions make surgery very difficult because they are tough and prevent structures from being moved. They generally look like thick cobwebs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mostly intestines: Usually the intestines are most affected by adhesions, but in theory, other organs could be as well. When intestines are affected, adhesions can cause a blockage that may require stomach decompression with a tube through the nose and sometimes surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unknown, but...: Genetics plays some role. Any surgical procedure of the pelvis or abdomen can cause adhesions; more so if inflammatory/infected surgical field, e.g. Pus, stool, blood. Less likely with careful handling of tissue, and elective rather than emergency procedures. Most everyone gets adhesions; a minority get aftereffects (pain, bowel obstruction) even decades later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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