About Adhesiolysis – Removal of Adhesions
If you’ve had pelvic or abdominal surgery, you may have developed adhesions during the healing process. Adhesions are abnormal bands or sheets of scar tissue that bind together organs or tissues that should ordinarily be separated.
Healthy Female Reproductive Organs
Female Reproductive Organs with Adhesions
- Adhesions can cause serious complications, including bowel obstruction, chronic pain and infertility.
- The only way to remove adhesions is with a surgical procedure called adhesiolysis (ad heez´ ee o lie sis). This procedure removes the scar tissue that binds the organs together and separates the tissues that are impacted by the adhesions.
- Studies have shown that patients with pelvic pain and severe adhesions can experience a marked reduction in symptoms after adhesiolysis.322
- Unfortunately, adhesiolysis can results in the reoccurrence of adhesions. In fact, data confirms that adhesiolysis results in reformation of adhesions in 3 out of 4 women.323
It is important to do all you can to minimize the chance of adhesions. Learn more about preventing adhesions.