Bowel adhesions - 
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Surgery to the abdomen has a tendency to cause fibrous tissue to form between the loops of bowel. Normally these loops slide smoothly over each other, expanding and contracting easily as motion passes through them. Fortunately, in most cases, this fibrous tissue (or scarring) is not noticeable but in some it impairs the normal fluidity of the bowel causing kinks and partial blockages. These physical barriers to the regular flow of motion result in:


If severe these episodes can lead to partial obstruction of the bowel requiring hospitalisation sometimes on repeated occasions. This in itself is associated with considerable disruption to patients daily lives especially, as is usually the case, when an episode occurs just before a holiday or family event. In the worse scenario bowels may obstruct altogether and require further surgery to cut the adhesions (fibrous bands). This of course is a “double edge sword” as although it relieves the immediate problem it adds to the underlying cause of adhesions in the long term. Two important lifestyle factors can help stop adhesions:-

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