Patient Comments: Abdominal Adhesions - Causes


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Comment from: Lilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had ovarian cancer in 1997, and had both ovaries removed age 32. Six years later the cancer came back in my uterus, and I had a hysterectomy. Fourteen years later the cancer came back in the vaginal vault and I had multiple surgeries. I am waiting for surgery to have my bowel removed as it is paralyzed from adhesions. I am in constant chronic deep pelvic pain daily, cannot get any one to listen to me, feel like I am going insane. I am in the UK, am on slow release morphine sulphate 15 mg 3 times daily, but it is not touching the pain.

Comment from: Coop, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had a robotic hysterectomy. I was allergic to the sutures they used to create the vaginal cuff, which caused my abdominal adhesion. It inflamed me inside, causing my bowel to adhere to the vaginal cuff and bleeding that cauterizing couldn't control. A general surgeon had to come into my surgery and remove the bowel off the cuff. They used a different suture material to reinforce the vaginal cuff.

Comment from: Cristina , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

Mistake by the doctor made during hysterectomy went bad because of a punctured colon causing abdominal adhesions.

Comment from: Bunny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

In 2013 I had a partial hysterectomy (open surgery) to remove several large fibroids. They had grown into the abdominal cavity and as far upward as my liver. In 2017 I started having minor issues with adhesion pain. In 2017, my ovaries, and a large ovarian cyst were removed via laparoscopy. Afterward, my surgeon told me that she had to spend an extra 90 minutes cutting adhesions from my first surgery. Now they are back, partially obstructing my small intestine just below my stomach.

Comment from: Frustrated!, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer approximately 9 years ago. I had total hysterectomy, 5 bowel obstructions (4 with surgery), and appendix removed. Abdominal adhesions were found during the obstruction surgeries. I have now not been working for over 2 years due to the pain I am in and cannot find a doctor who will say it is adhesions. Why won’t some doctors admit this!

Comment from: Sweet Neet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I've had 3 surgeries, a colon resection, a piece of my right lung removed, and a tubal ligation. I'm now experiencing a lot of pain, and it moves. I've had 3 CT scans they can't find anything. I don’t know what is wrong with me and thinking it might be adhesions. The pain is getting worse.

Comment from: Looking for help, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had 15 abdominal surgeries which caused my abdominal adhesions and I stay at a level 10 pain constantly. I had 2 abdominal hernia repairs, opened cysts, massive scar tissue and have lost 200 lb. since 9/1/18 stomach hernia. The doctor wanted to send me home with hospice, and when I refused they refused to write me any prescription. I have no thyroid and without medication for it you die.

Comment from: Skinny MAD, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 26

I have abdominal adhesions due to surgery for rectal cancer. I suffer extreme pain and discomfort, and I have been reduced to 110 lb., due to being only able to eat once, sometimes every other day. My doctors at are responsible, and they don't want to do a single thing to help me! They seem to have been experimenting on me the entire time of my treatment, and I wound up actually having more problems than I had before I went for treatment! I am miserable, as I am unable to work. They botched my first surgery, and I needed an emergency resection five days after the first one ruptured, and left me in the hospital for almost a month, getting antibiotics.

Comment from: Deb S, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I have been in chronic pain from abdominal adhesions for about 10 years on and off. This past year it has been so bad it never stops 24/7. I have had 2 C-sections, a hysterectomy, and my appendix and gallbladder removed. I have very thick scarring on my right side. A surgeon went in and did a nerve ablation thinking it would alleviate my pain. It did not. I am at a loss. The pain is ruining my quality of life. My right side throbs constantly. No one understands.

Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

Abdominal adhesions can be caused by an old injury. I had a blunt blow to my kidney in 2002. I started to get sick in 2005. Infections, vomiting, and a pain, until my spleen ruptured in 2014. Adhesions from kidney spread to my spleen, and because of it I have chronic pancreatitis. I'm sure adhesions spread to my pancreas, as well as gall bladder. It was terrible! I was vomiting almost monthly for years. Old injuries should be considered.


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Comment from: Nana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I had 2 C-sections and I’ve had to have 3 other surgeries to get the abdominal adhesions removed! I had the last one in 2013, they had to go back in and remove 17 inches of my lower intestines because they would not stay untangled!

Comment from: Alexis , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have had 12 abdominal surgeries after hysterectomy at 28, which are the cause of my abdominal adhesions. I'm now on morphine 24 hours a day as most days I can't even get up out of bed. I have 2 children, so this is having a big impact on their lives too.

Comment from: Candy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Ruptured ovarian cyst in my 30s and then multiple surgeries after 45, for cancer in pelvic cavity included, and 2 small bowel obstructions were the cause of my abdominal adhesions.

Comment from: NovaChick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

My adhesions were caused by surgery for ovarian cancer. The pain is only bad if I eat high fat and the scar across my gallbladder comes into play.

Comment from: Nunya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

My adhesions came from a full Nissen fundoplication. They range from my liver to my lower left lung, under the ribcage. It's awful and painful and I will probably spend the rest of my life on morphine from it. I had a full Nissen, please consider laparoscopic surgery if you have GERD and need a Nissen. I did not have the option at the time of my surgery.

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.

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.

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

I developed abdominal adhesions after colon resectioning.

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.

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.

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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Comment from: tnt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

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!

Comment from: breymo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had rectal/colon surgery 23 years ago. The surgeon cut me from hip to hip across my body. I underwent radiation therapy with surgery and chemotherapy. Past two years I have had extreme pain with final diagnosis of severe scar tissue and adhesions. November 2015 I had surgery to have scar tissue removed from rectum, opening was the size of a pencil. I had continued pain, and in April 2015 gallbladder was removed. Doctor says he can see scar tissue present throughout abdominal area. I was doing well with no attacks until tonight.

Comment from: ILCOWGRL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

The last 2 years have been a challenge, I had a left hemicolectomy for advanced diverticulitis and then a month later had 43 cm of my right colon taken due to cancer and in the process had adhesions and some other issues resolved. Over the last year I have had 5 SIBOs (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) that took me to the emergency room (ER) and in the hospital for 5 days with a tube in my nose. The 6th SIBO was the last straw and I had surgery with a specific surgeon that promised he would try and fix my problem with a laparotomy and he did 2 hour surgery to 4 hours, the adhesions were from previous gall-bladder, appendix, and hysterectomy 29 years ago, all around my bladder. What a big mess my tummy was and now I am worried that my active life will never be the same. I have eaten a low fiber diet, lots of carbs, no seed or seed foods and very little greens over the last year and that sure hasn't made a difference.

Comment from: Mm, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I have been diagnosed with having scar adhesions on my small intestine, due to 3 prior abdominal surgeries. Two C-sections and one exploratory surgery to remove fibroids and cysts on my ovaries. Thirty three years later I developed extreme pains in my abdomen with bloating, diarrhea, and vomiting. I was admitted to the hospital and had x-rays and a CT scan with showed my small intestine was extremely inflamed and partially blocked. I had the IV and the NG tube and was there for 5 days. Since then (2 months ago) I have been admitted to the hospital again because this condition is not resolving by itself. I'm on my third trip to the surgeon, 5th to my primary, 2 times to urgent care and I am very frustrated. Enough is enough! If it is time for surgery, and what if the doctor says no! I can't live like this.

Comment from: Doug, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

Neurologist is diagnosing Guillain-Barre syndrome due to recent viral incident coinciding with numbness but we are keeping an eye on it.

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had appendicitis in 1964, followed by chronic constipation and Graves’ disease in 1986 to 2012; change in diet helped a lot, though chronic pain on lower right back and front side has been continuous since 2004. I am looking to purchase a percussion massager to help break up scar tissue about the size of my thumb. My abdominal adhesions cause pain that radiates to my back side and under my right rib cage that inflames and causes sciatica. It also contributes to gastrointestinal issues. I am also seeing a local kinesiologist for muscle testing and clearing.

Comment from: CBS-, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

The cause of my abdominal adhesions is from having my gall bladder removed in 1998. In 2008 I had laparoscopic exploratory surgery to determine the cause of the extreme pain and lump in the right lower quadrant of my abdomen. A mass of scar tissue that had adhered to my abdominal wall (where my gall bladder had as well) and a "great amount" of adhesions were removed. It is now 2014 and the same pain but worse, and lump have returned but the first doctor I"ve seen is refusing to do anything. I have an appointment for a second opinion but truly deplore taking pain medication; however it is necessary at this time because sitting and walking, any movement, brings me to tears. The first doctor had a CT scan performed, which was negative of course - even he said it wouldn"t show scar tissues. Hoping the second opinion has some other options, I refuse to take pain medications – I’m thinking about trying massage.

Comment from: helloworld, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

The cause for my abdominal adhesions was liposuction. The adhesions presented themselves a few years later.

Comment from: Mercy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

Free fluids in the abdomen caused my abdominal adhesions.

Comment from: Play, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have abdominal adhesions for the 3rd time, never had an infection. I waited too long to get the procedure done. My fault because doctors don't believe in adhesion. I'm miserable and can keep nothing down, all food makes me throw up. I am losing weight and can't move. I cannot wait until the 29th of April. I cannot express how miserable I am and so sick. I wonder what anyone else did while waiting.

Comment from: Patty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

My scar tissue was discovered during a laparoscopic surgery. I had been experiencing pain but after many doctors and many procedures (MRI, CAT scan, bone scan, nerve induction, etc.) we had zero answers. However, during this unrelated surgery, the doctor found the scar tissue, the answer to all the incredible pain. He cut the abdominal adhesions down and washed it thoroughly and told me I was good to go and that it would not bother me again. Unfortunately, as the pain killers from the surgery wore off, the pain returned, that fast, the scar tissue came back. Thankfully, the doctor video-taped the surgery and a physiotherapist friend of mine started deep massage in the hip area where the scar tissue was (and I mean deep). It took months of work and then my husband took over. Gradually, I needed the deep massage weekly, then monthly, then quarterly, then annually, and finally just time to time. That was 18 years ago. Sadly, it has returned just recently, but I know how to overcome. Please skip the surgery and find an excellent physical therapist and/or medical massage therapist. They can feel it and attack it. Good luck.

Comment from: belly pain, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 03

My abdominal adhesions were caused by too many belly operations.

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.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I recently had surgery on my back to remove a stimulator after 4 years in. Last Sunday I was rushed to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain. I've also had a full hysterectomy 11 years ago. I'm still suffering, going for a colonoscopy on September first. I suffer every day with severe right abdominal pain going down to my groin. The right lower side of my groin is numb. Results from hospital indicate severe gastritis and ulcer in stomach; small and large intestine must be checked.

Comment from: DHC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I had my gallbladder removed in 2005, TRAM flap surgery for breast reconstruction in 2006, and a total hysterectomy in 2010. Since these surgeries, I have experienced some tightness in my lower right abdomen, but recently I have started to feel more tightness, dull pain, fullness and hardness in this same area. I wonder if this could be due to abdominal scar tissue or adhesions.

Comment from: givemeananswer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had dense adhesions present with my first ever laparoscopic surgery for treating pelvic pain. I don't know if having natural childbirth can cause them or if it was caused by my endometriosis, para ovarian cysts, peritoneal pseudocyst, or what. I repeated this method of surgery 2 years later when pain returned then another three years after that and then I had a laparotomy in 2003 to remove my cervix and uterus. My pelvic and back and hip pain has recently returned after 11 years of grace.

Comment from: Becky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have been having some health issues this year so the doctors have run me through the mill of tests. Everything came back fine until I had an upper and lower gastrointestinal investigation. I went back Thursday to my gastroenterologist. He informed me that I had massive amounts of adhesions. About 25 years earlier I had some stomach issues and they went in and did exploratory surgery and found adhesions attached to my liver and wrapped around my colon. They took necessary steps and removed them. Now this doctor says I'm probably looking at having part of my colon removed and then the left remaining colon would be reattached. This scares me but it scares me not to have it because my bowels only move about once or twice a month and even then I have to put on gloves and insert my finger into rectum to get my stools out. The doctor says I might have a blockage. I see no way out. I suffer with nausea and pain.

Comment from: Mark Garb, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

My abdominal adhesions were caused by 40 year old appendix removal.

Comment from: Momrodgers, 45-54 (Patient) Published: June 23

I had 3 C sections. Then I had a hysterectomy that caused me to bleed and go into a condition called DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy). The pain since in my abdomen and pelvic area has been life changing since.

Comment from: Dobbygirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had many surgeries back in 1990 for endometriosis, and they ended up doing a total hysterectomy. I have gotten pain on my left lower side of my stomach so many times and it is just getting worse. It's getting so bad that I can't stand, I end up crawling everywhere. Today was really bad, I couldn't stop crying it hurts so bad, can't take it anymore; I need it to stop. Years ago when I was having the problem they did x-rays and it showed that they left surgical strips and sticks still in me, but they said it wouldn't cause a problem, but the pain is in the same area that they are.

Comment from: Daisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

In 2001 and again in 2009 I had surgery for aorta aneurysm. In 2009 I also had a debranching performed at the same time. Pain started in my left side in less than a year. It is now 2014 and I have trouble sitting or standing for more than 30 to 60 minutes; very painful. I have just now gotten a doctor who mentioned adhesions. Didn"t seemed very concerned about them. However reading about the symptoms of adhesions now makes me realize the bloating, constipation is part of it. Next office visit these will be mentioned. I am concerned that only surgery is available for relief.

Comment from: Adel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had an abdominal hysterectomy. Five days after surgery my intestines popped out of the end of the sutures. They just kept on coming out. I waited in hospital for 6 hours, without them being kept damp or even a sterile covering. They were lying over my stomach and falling onto the bed.

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.

Comment from: las2003, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

My abdominal adhesions are a result of a medical misadventure surgery back in 1999. To date, I’ve had 14 major surgeries. I had an ileostomy and now suffer from daily chronic pain. My last surgery to remove adhesions was back in 2008 and it appears they have reared their ugly heads again and I need to have more removed. The pain is endless and unbearable especially, when you can't handle even a small amount of pain.