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Adhesions, General and After Surgery (cont.)


Adhesions Self-Care at Home

Adhesions must be diagnosed and treated by a physician.

Adhesions Treatment

Treatment varies depending on the location, extent of adhesion formation, and problems the adhesion is causing. Adhesions frequently improve without surgery. Unless a surgical emergency becomes evident, a doctor may treat symptoms rather than perform surgery. Pain treatment, IV fluids, antibiotics, and other symptomatic treatments are sometimes sufficient to allow the symptoms of the adhesion is causing to resolve on their own.

Adhesions Surgery

Two common surgical techniques used to treat abdominal adhesions are laparoscopy and laparotomy.

  • With laparoscopy, a doctor places a camera into your body through a small hole in the skin to confirm that adhesions exist. The adhesions then are cut and released (adhesiolysis).
  • In laparotomy, a doctor makes a larger incision to directly see adhesions and treat them. The technique varies depending on specific circumstances.

Adhesions Follow-up

If a person has undergone surgery or have a history of medical illness, discuss changes in recovery or condition with a doctor.

Adhesions Prevention

Several surgical products have been developed to prevent adhesions from forming during surgery. The effectiveness of these products is variable.

Adhesions Prognosis

Adhesions requiring surgery commonly come back because surgery itself causes adhesions. When adhesions of bands are divided by cutting, electrical current or other methods, there will be two ends that have a potential to form further adhesions.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE: Peritoneal adhesions: etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical significance. Recent advances in prevention and management.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/1/2016
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