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What Is Adhesiolysis?

What Is Adhesiolysis?

What is abdominal adhesiolysis?


Abdominal adhesiolysis is a type of surgery that removes adhesions from the abdomen. Adhesions are lumps or bands of scar tissue that form inside of the body and bind two parts of body tissue together that are not normally joined. The adhesions can cause pain because of restricted movements, nerve pressure or an obstruction. The adhesions can develop from infection, trauma or other injuries that cause inflammation. Often abdominal adhesions do not cause noticeable symptoms, but for some they can cause chronic pain and abnormal bowel movements. If you are in pain, a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic adhesiolysis, can be performed. During this procedure, the doctor will make a small incision in the abdomen and use a laparoscope to locate the adhesions. A laparoscope is a long, thin tube that contains a light and a camera. It can be inserted into an incision and will help the doctor remove adhesions.


Adhesiolysis is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that has been very effective in treating people with chronic pain due to adhesions. ~Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly

Laparoscopic adhesiolysis can be used to treat the following conditions.

Chronic Pain

If you have abdominal adhesions, you may also have chronic pain. Some of the symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdomen swelling, dehydration and cramps.

Spinal Surgery Syndrome

This syndrome can occur after spinal surgery when scar tissue forms and causes chronic pain in the lower back. Adhesiolysis can provide effective pain relief by removing the scar tissue.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses nerves and causes pain, motor problems and muscle weakness. These symptoms can be caused by scar tissue which if removed can relieve the pain.


Adhesions can obstruct the ovaries or Fallopian tubes causing female reproductive problems. The adhesions can cause painful intercourse for some people.

Intestinal Blockages

Adhesions can cause a block in the intestines resulting in digestion problems, nausea, vomiting, and an inability to pass gas or stool.

What causes adhesions?

Abdominal adhesions can be formed from any type of trauma to your abdomen, but most commonly they are a side effect of abdominal surgery. Infections or conditions that cause inflammation that lead to adhesions include Crohn’s disease, endometriosis, diverticular disease, peritonitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Normally, adhesions do not need to be treated. The adhesions normally form on the inner lining of the abdomen, but can also develop between organs, intestines, and Fallopian tubes.

I have found that Adhesiolysis has been very effective in treating chronic spinal pain and has improved the quality of life for my patients. ~Dr. Suneil (Neil) Jolly

Recovery Time for Adhesiolysis

Most people have abdomen discomfort for about two weeks, but regular activities can start in the second and fourth weeks of recovery. It is important to get rest, avoid intense activity, avoid certain foods, and take care of the surgical wound correctly. After recovery, many people find the chronic pain and discomfort is completely gone.

Louisiana Pain Specialists

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