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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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What are abdominal adhesions?

What are abdominal adhesions?

Adhesions : Scar tissue which usually forms as the result of prior surgery, injuryvor in some cases significant infection.In the abdomen this scar tissue can result in a bowel blockage or obstruction. This may in turn lead to surgery to resolve the problem. This may be referred to as lysis (cutting) of adhesions. ...Read more

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Will abdominal adhesions grow back after being surgically removed 6 months ago?

Will abdominal adhesions grow back after being surgically removed 6 months ago?

Likely: Intra-abdominal adhesions form after most any surgery inside the abdomen. Laparoscopic or minimal surgery may form the least adhesions. Each re-operation increases the amount of adhesions for most people. Adhesions that form are usually benign and do not have consequences. Intestinal blockage can sometimes come from adhesions, and pain is usually not caused by adhesions. ...Read more

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What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

What exactly are abdominal adhesions?

Scar tissue: Abdominal adhesions represent scar tissue attaching between different abdominal organs. This can be triggered by any process of inflammation or surgery. Treatment is usually observation or surgery. ...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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Are there any good books on abdominal adhesions?

Are there any good books on abdominal adhesions?

Surgery text: Schwartz sabiston may have as much as anywhere. Abdominal are fibrous bands -tissue that occur after surgery or inflammation and can attach to bowel and organs. Not a problem unless bowel gets twisted and obstructed / or one needs another abdominal operation. ...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 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

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Is there more than one good way to treat abdominal adhesions?

Yes: Yesplease see your primary provider if this condition doesn't improve. ...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