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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Abdominal Adhesions


 helpmepls2 - Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:32 am

Dear Doctor / Nurse

I had an open abdominal surgery in 2002 due to my transverse colon was attached upward to a tissue, causing severe pain and constipation. Then this year I had a exploratory lap to remove the gallbladder due to stones. I read that I am at risk for abdominal adhesion from these surgeries. Currently I experience occasional pain and bloating (on and off). What can I do to prevent further adhesion from forming ? Is there medication to help reduce adhesion ? I appreciate your help.

Andy, Ca
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:45 pm

User avatar Hi Andy -

I'm unaware of any medication or supplement that will prevent adhesions from forming. Some people are more prone to develop them than others for some reason. The symptoms you're describing sound much like those often described by people who have had their gallbladder removed (the bloating and discomfort). Not everyone gets this, but a significant number of them do, and it's usually something that responds to dietary adjustments and increased fiber in the diet.

Whether or not you have new adhesions is difficult to know. The symptoms you currently have wouldn't necessarily suggest that. Your doctor will know to follow you for this problem and occasional (possibly annual) imaging exams may help determine if you have any new adhesions, but what's happening now doesn't sound like that.

I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck and keep us updated.

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