Patient Comments: Abdominal Adhesions - Causes

If known, what was the cause of your abdominal adhesions?

Comment from: ladolphs, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had been having severe pain in my lower right abdomen since April. After many tests, ultrasounds, CT scans, and a colonoscopy, the doctors still did not have any answers. He finally decided to go in for exploratory surgery and he wanted to remove my appendix hoping that was the cause. They found a little bit of endometriosis on my left side under my uterus, and adhesions all up and down the right side of my abdomen. I have never had any prior surgeries on my abdomen. He is not sure what the scarring could be from and has put me in the 'weird' category. I am now being sent to a specialist of some sort.

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Comment from: K8Tee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

My abdominal adhesions were caused by numerous abdominal surgeries. Unfortunately, surgery is needed to fix this, creating more adhesions. The pain is definitely over 10 on the 0 to 10 scale.

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Comment from: spreksbeee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I developed abdominal adhesions after colon resectioning.

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Comment from: Dawn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I had 5 C-sections, and a bladder surgery to repair a tear during my last one. I have been having abdominal bleeding for the past few months. My doctor is unable to do a biopsy because scar tissue prevents him from getting through to where he would need to do biopsy. While doing a pelvic exam, he said my uterus is nearly cemented in by scar tissue (he is unable to move it at all). I am not having any real abdominal pain other than feeling the occasional clot getting stuck, and it is relieved when it passes. My doctor says my only recourse is a hysterectomy, I am very afraid of the adhesions causing me more bladder or possible bowel problems during another procedure.

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Comment from: dr_robinson, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

My adhesions were caused by removal of the left abdominal rectus muscle and repair with ePTFE (Teflon-like) substance which has adhered to my bowels for at least 15 years.

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Comment from: Gayle Reichelt, Female (Patient) Published: May 17

In the past 4 months I have developed severe pain in my right side, that won't go away. I have previously had 2 bouts of ovarian cysts, appendicitis and a hysterectomy about 18 years ago. Pain relief is not helping at all and the pain is similar to what I had when I had the ovarian cysts. I am having an ultrasound this week to see what's going on and if there are adhesions.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had an old style gallbladder surgery and was told I have multiple hernias along that line and scar tissue.

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Comment from: tnt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

In 1996 I was in a car accident in which my spleen ruptured. I had never been in the hospital before and I ended up having abdominal surgery to remove my spleen. In 2000 I suddenly started having severe abdominal pain and ended up in the hospital for 11 days. Exploratory laparotomy showed adhesions had wrapped around my small bowel so I had 6 inches of the small bowel removed. In 2010 I needed to have my gall bladder removed. My surgeon tried to do it laparoscopically but due to all the adhesions, he wasn't able to so I had (another) open abdominal surgery, which led to more adhesions. I just spent most of last night in the emergency room again for a partial bowel obstruction that fortunately resolved on its own. I'm afraid it's just a matter of time before I have more problems from these freaking adhesions!

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