Patient Comments: Abdominal Adhesions - Treatment


How were your abdominal adhesions or intestinal obstructions treated? Did you have surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Alexis , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

After 12 abdominal surgeries including a total hysterectomy at 28, I have been left unable to move most days because of pain from abdominal adhesions. I'm now registered as disabled and can’t work anymore. I waited over 2 years to see the pain team and in those 2 years was on 600 mg morphine a day, along with Oxycontin, codeine and diazepam! Also along with morphine, Oxycontin, codeine and diazepam I was given an infusion of ketamine and lidocaine which was unsuccessful.

Comment from: Art, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 25

First, a tube was inserted in my nose, down my throat into my stomach to remove all waste that could not be passed because of intestinal obstruction. Then I was given liquid intravenous, then liquid diet, then soft food, yoghurt, etc. Then I started having regular food as I began to have bowel movements. I am now home, eating slower and chewing more.

Comment from: TERESA, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 13

Yes, I had colon cancer 10 years ago and been in remission since and doing fine. I always move my bowels every day at least twice a day, as soon as I eat. Last night I started getting bad pains in my stomach I couldn’t go to the bathroom for 1 day. I started vomiting and passed out. I went right to the hospital, they did a scan on my stomach and said they had to drain it. They put a tube in my nose and everything started to come out. I have been with the tube in my nose now for 21 hours, they just removed it and are waiting for me to move my bowels on my own. They said the scar tissue was causing the muscles around the scar tissue to contract and that’s what made me constipated and gave me severe pains. I never had that since my surgery. I go every day, the minute I eat I run to the bathroom. I just had a colonoscopy done and an endoscopy test last week, all was good. I need information on this scar tissue problem and how abdominal adhesions can cause that to happen.

Comment from: Dfb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I have always had stomach issues but the last few months have been rough. My stomach is distended like I am 9 months pregnant, gets very hard, I am short of breath, and have pain and nausea. I have had MRCP, and CT of abdomen and lungs with and without contrast; I had a very minimal elevation in lipase and mild fatty liver. My right side pain feels like knife cutting inside me frequently and other days a dull constant ache. Surgeries for gallbladder about 10 years ago, tubal, partial hysterectomy, then removed my last ovary; everything was stuck together. Then it took me 5 years for a doctor to believe me, they kept given me antidepressants. The doctor said if I swell up again to go to the emergency room and see if they will order CT scan while swollen. I also had endoscopy and colonoscopy, and couple polyps removed. The doctor states there is probably a partial blockage from adhesion. I was placed on Xifaxan for 14 days.

Comment from: Anita, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

Last September 8th I traveled by ambulance in intense abdominal pain to hospital. There I underwent a laparotomy and bowel resection, they found 80 cm of ischemic small bowel and removed 100 cm, and necrotic bowel also was removed. I had a closed loop small bowel obstruction caused by omental band adhesions. I had never had abdominal surgery before. I developed a post operation bacterial infection, Serratia marcescens. On 13th December I developed an intense pain, ambulance ride to hospital and surgery, diagnosed with small bowel obstruction caused by adhesions. I still feel nauseous and have mild abdominal pain.

Comment from: mimi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I am 74, and I had a complete hysterectomy and prolapsed bladder repair almost 5 years ago. A year or so after surgery, I began having abdominal pain that felt like my organs were twisting in my abdomen, kind of like when you are pregnant and the baby is moving. I have told the doctors that, and they have me get CT scans, and ultrasound scans which do not show anything wrong, so I am not sure they believe me, but the pain is excruciating when it happens. I am worried I may have abdominal adhesions.

Comment from: Altagracia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

My gallbladder was taken out 5 years ago. I never followed up with the doctor after that because I felt I was ok. After some time passed by I started having stomach problems such as not digesting the food, constipation, nausea and so on. I was referred to a gastroenterologist, they did all kinds of testing that they can do to diagnose the problem and everything came back clear. My gastroenterologist told me after he tried everything the problem I had was from my previous surgery when the gallbladder was removed I had scar tissue (abdominal adhesions) which caused intestinal obstructions.

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

I had surgery twice for abdominal adhesions. Shortly after the last surgery, which was torture, I got a bowel obstruction and refused to let anyone touch me. I ate a soft, though not healthy, diet for a few weeks until the obstruction cleared. I have always had a high pain tolerance so I know if it's over 10, I need to get to the emergency room. I had emergency surgeries both times. But my body couldn't take anymore, just three weeks later. So I ate ice cream and mashed potatoes. It worked. Don't delay treatment for adhesions. I did that and lost a large portion of my colon.


Bowel regularity means a bowel movement every day. See Answer
Comment from: Jilybeans, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a partial hysterectomy in 1996 with cervical closure. For the past year I've been in pain, mostly on the right side. I went to the emergency room and was told it was irritable bowel syndrome. A year came and went and I still had the same pain. I met with an obstetrician/gynecologist and he told me I had a cyst on my right ovary but it was attached to my inguinal canal. Three weeks ago I had the ovary removed and had extensive adhesion removal (one end of my stomach to the other), and since then I have been in severe pain every time I cough, sneeze or urinate. I'm very bloated and sometimes when I cough I feel like I'm going to pass out. I don't know what to do since I had the surgery to remove the adhesions already.

Comment from: bestmilever, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 12

My husband just had his 4th colon cancer surgery. The doctor sewed him back up saying he couldn't get through the scar tissue and it became like cement and he was afraid of puncturing holes in his colon and losing him on the operating table. It left us with little hope, since there are 2 spots on his liver. He will have chemotherapy but the surgeon predicts the tumor will block his bowels.

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

I had three laparoscopic surgeries in which adhesions were found. The first makes no mention as to what procedure if any was used to address them, the second they were lysed and the third they were taken down bluntly, as well as two others lysed using C02 laser. In my fourth surgery the laparotomy when the removed my uterus and cervix there was no mention of any adhesions.

Comment from: Sheila, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I had my appendix removed in 1977, I was then 31. About a week after I returned home I noticed an oily substance on my clothes. I went to see my general physician (GP) who told me I had healed outside, but I had not healed inside, short story he had to reopen the scar and then pack it. On my 6 week check-up the consultant removed the packing, then discharged me. My GP rang me the next day to find out how I got on, and when I told him he was cross. I had to ring the consultant who said he wanted to see what would happen with the packing removed! So it was reopened and packed again, I had weeks and weeks of having packing removed and replaced until I was fully healed. Over the years I have had pain so bad I have fainted, this happened yesterday and the GP I saw actually took notice, and she said the problem was because of the appendix scar and the adhesions caused by it.

Comment from: Lynne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had a bowel obstruction in 2009 due to scar tissue but avoided surgery after 3 days with an NG (nasogastric) tube. I find being at high altitudes and having alcohol causes recurrence of a partial blockage. Also diet plays a factor; not eating high fiber, bread, etc. I hope this information might help others. My scar tissue is the results of 2 caesareans as well as surgery to repair a ruptured ovarian cyst. I hate that it is impacting my life and am considering surgery so that I don't have to fear going to high altitude locations. I am hoping if I have surgery, the risk of recurrent scar tissue may take many years to occur but give me better quality of life now.

Comment from: kidney cyst, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I was hospitalized for intestinal obstructions. They siphoned all the green liquids in my intestines for hours until my system became normal.

Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

Adhesional band blocked my small bowel 34 years after cesariann section .There were no warning sign or pain .On the day of being rushed in to A and E I had severe stomach cramping pain and vomiting projectile green bile . I had emergency surgery and am now worried the new scar will do the same thing


What's Causing Your Abdominal Pain? See Slideshow