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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 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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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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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 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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What should someone do if they had a pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion?

What should someone do if they had a pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion?

Usually nothing: Rarely it could cause complications such as infection if it is loculated off. ...Read more

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What can pelvic adhesions cause?

What can pelvic adhesions cause?

Obstruction, Pain: As a general surgeon, I am called frequently to care for people whose small intestine has become twisted on itself due to adhesions from prior abdominal surgery (sbo-small bowel obstruction). Often, this will correct itself with in-patient mgmt, but it occasionally requires surgery. My gynecology colleagues care for many patients with pelvic pain presumed to be due to adhesions to the ovaries. ...Read more

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Lysis of labial adhesions how they do it?

Lysis of labial adhesions how they do it?

Surgical separation: Labial adhesions or vaginal synechia where labia of both sides get adherent in midline , causing urinary symptoms , seen in prepubertial females , surgically dissected and separated , also occasionally seen in sexually inactive females and elderly. Initial non surgical treatment done with estrogen ; steroid creams ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat penile adhesion?

What is the best way to treat penile adhesion?

Glanular adhesions: Adhesions of the foreskin to the glans (head) are usually the result of chronic irritation or inflammation. If the foreskin cannot be retracted, it may be advisable to have a circumcision. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a cure for adominal adhesions?

No: So far nothing works 100% of the time. Surgery leads to more adhesions although laparoscopic surgery tends to cause less adhesions. So far the best thing is seprafilm. It works most of the time where it is placed. It is, however, difficult to work with. ...Read more