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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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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 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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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?

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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"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