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Laparoscopic 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 appendicitis.

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

Reasons for Procedure:

  • Pain
  • Bowel obstruction

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

This surgery is usually done laparoscopically. The doctor will make several small incisions in the wall of the abdomen. Using small instruments that are put through these holes, the doctor will cut out the adhesions. Doing so will free the organs that were caught in the adhesions. Occasionally, the doctor may need to switch to open abdominal surgery (called a laparotomy). The doctor will make a larger incision in the abdomen. This will allow direct access to all of the organs, and the adhesions will be cut out.

Last reviewed November 2012 by Marcin Chwistek, MD

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