What is the abdomen?
The abdomen is located on the front part of the torso. The abdomen includes the following organs of the gastrointestinal tract: stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus.
What are abdominal adhesions?
Abdominal adhesions are scar tissue that forms between abdominal tissues and organs, mainly the bowels. Usually, tissues and organs have slippery surfaces, which allow them to move around easily within the abdomen. Adhesions cause your intestines to stick together.
What causes abdominal adhesions?
Surgery of the abdomen is the main cause of the development of abdominal adhesions.
What are the symptoms of abdominal adhesions?
Usually, there are no symptoms associated with the presence of adhesions. However, this scar tissue can cause small bowel obstruction (blockage), which leads to nausea and vomiting.
What is the risk that you will develop abdominal adhesions?
Abdominal adhesions occur after almost all abdominal operations.