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What do abdominal adhesions feel like when you touch or rub your abdomen?

What do abdominal adhesions feel like when you touch or rub your abdomen?

Not palpable: In general, you nor the physician can feel adhesions. They can be thick or filmy , small or relatively large but are within the abdominal cavity and deeper than one can feel. ...Read more

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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 is an adhesion?

What is an adhesion?

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

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Whats a "dural sleeve adhesion"?

Whats a "dural sleeve adhesion"?

Anatomy discreption: In spinal cord relation of nerve roots, surrounding dura in relation to spine, has sleeve like appearance, adhesions in this area are technically difficult to separate during surgery of spine. ...Read more

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Adhesions==what are they and where?

Adhesions==what are they and where?

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

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What sort of problem is an adhesion?

What sort of problem is an adhesion?

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 more

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Will I become disabled from adhesions?

Will I become disabled from adhesions?

No: Adhesions are scar tissue that result from surgery or other inflammatory processes. They can cause symptoms such as pain or even obstruction, but they can be treated surgically. The may never cause symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take adhesions to form?

How long does it take adhesions to form?

Almost immediately. : They start forming almost immediately. They are at their worst 2-4 weeks out from surgery then usually start disappearing after that. They may go completely away or they may stay forever. Every patient is different. ...Read more

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Which organs can be affected by adhesions?

Which organs can be affected by adhesions?

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 more

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Why do some people get adhesions and some don't?

Why do some people get adhesions and some don't?

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 more

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If I have adhesions once, will they ever go away?

Unlikely: I am thinking abdominal some will harden-fibrosis scar tissue some few may dwindle and become filmy most stay and do not cause trouble again if there is new inflammation or new surgery then new adhesions may form. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Adhesions?

What is the definition or description of: Adhesions?

Scar tissue: 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 cause pain or blockage. ...Read more

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"adhesions" or what others factors can contribute that my organs are (twisted, retroverted)?

"adhesions" or what others factors can contribute that my organs are (twisted, retroverted)?

Congenital: Congenital malrotation, situs inversus are conditions that affect location of one's organs. ...Read more

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Will adhesions always continue to grow, or they do they stay the same after a certain amount of time?

Will adhesions always continue to grow, or they do they stay the same after a certain amount of time?

Probably not: Adhesions may go away on their own or may become a firm scar and case obstruction. They can't be seen on any specific test, but the results can be seen on x-ray if there is an obstruction. If operation is needed, there are products available like sepra film and interceed which may help prevent them from coming back. ...Read more

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How are surgical adhesions treated?

Excision: Adhesions may be separated or lysed as well as excised and removed. For abdominal cavity adhesions, frequently this can be done with laparoscopy or robotic assisted surgery. ...Read more

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What exactly is tendon adhesion?

What exactly is tendon adhesion?

Tendon sheath adhesi: When tendons cross over joints they pass through a fibrous tunnel to anchor them down. Some times an inflammatory process affects these tunnels and cause adhesions, which keep the tendon from gliding freely ...Read more

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How to cure adhesion in endometriosis?

How to cure adhesion in endometriosis?

Difficult: Significant adhesions are actually not as common as one might realize. Our experience is about 30%. There are several liquid agents used at surgery but none have real proven benefit. We use "ovarian suspension" as a mechanism for getting the ovary and tube out of the raw area of dissection. We also employ uterine suspension, an old technique, when we do stage 4 cases with significant colon dz. ...Read more

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Why do some patients develop adhesions?

Why do some patients develop adhesions?

Adhesions: Are scar tissue that forms between organs or structures in the abdomen in everyone that has had an intra-abdominal surgery. Adhesions are normal after surgery, and may be less in laparoscopic surgery. Having adhesions is not a problem, unless rarely cause bowel obstruction. More operations = more adhesions. Each operation increases adhesion formation, as does bleeding & infection. ...Read more

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What happens if adhesions keep coming back?

What happens if adhesions keep coming back?

Sometimes surgery: Adhesions are like internal scars, occur after surgery of the abdomen and pelvis, can occur after inflammatory problems like ruptured ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease. May cause no symptoms ever; may cause pain and/or bowel obstructions decades later. Bowel obstructions treated with nasogastric suction, IV fluids, and time. If don't resolve with conservative treatment, surgery to cut. ...Read more

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What causes right pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion?

What causes right pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion?

Poss. congenital: These way be congenitalr due to pneumonitis or infection / inflammation below the diaphragm Also post traumatic with hemo/pneumo thorax ...Read more

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What is pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left means?

Scar Tissue: Adhesions are scar tissue. They can form after many different types of irritation. Commonly seen after surgery. I assume left is referring to your left side. Pleurodiaphragmatic explains the tissues involved. Pleuro or pleura is the lining of the lung or chest cavity. Diaphragmatic is the diaphragm. So you have scar tissue in your left chest between your diaphragm & your lung or chest wall. ...Read more

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