Lysis of Adhesions

Adhesions are scars that form within the body. They usually form in the abdomen or pelvis. Adhesions develop naturally after surgery as part of the healing process. They can also develop after infection or any other inflammatory process, such as: Lysis of adhesions is the process of cutting scar tissue within the body. This is done to restore normal function and reduce pain.

  • Call Your Doctor


    Call your doctor if any of the following occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
    • Diarrhea, constipation, bloody stool, or black stool
    • Abdominal swelling
    • Trouble urinating
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    Adhesions are scars that form within the body. They usually form in the abdomen or pelvis. Adhesions develop naturally after surgery as part of the healing process. They can also develop after infection or any other inflammatory process, such as:

    • Endometriosis
    • Diverticulitis
    • Appendicitis

    Lysis of adhesions is the process of cutting scar tissue within the body. This is done to restore normal function and reduce pain.

    Laparoscopic Cutting of Bowel Adhesions
    Abdominal Adhesion
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Adhesions can cause:

    • Pain
    • Obstruction of the bowel
    • Infertility

    This surgery can fix intestinal blockage and treat infertility caused by adhesions. It also reduces chronic abdominal pain in some individuals.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Injury to organs
    • Worse adhesions
    • Bleeding
    • Infection

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity