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Adhesions : Adhesiolysis

Pelvic Adhesions, which are also called scar tissue, are possibly one of the most common and misunderstood conditions associated with 40% of infertility cases and 50% cases of chronic pelvic pain. They can occur as a result of endometriosis, pelvic infection, and previous abdominal or pelvic surgery. But they are not a disease; rather they are your body’s natural response in trying to heal after injury, trauma or inflammation. However, they can affect fertility as they can impair the egg’s passage from the ovary, or interfere with the fallopian tube’s ability to receive it.

Symptoms of Pelvic Adhesive Disease

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blockages
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Cramping
  • Limited flexibility or function
  • Nausea
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pressure
  • Swelling

Treatment and Procedures for Pelvic Adhesive Disease

There are many treatment options for pelvic adhesions, however, sometimes the adhesions go away on their own. If the symptoms persist, it is likely that medication will be tried first. Surgery, specifically laparoscopic surgery or minimally-invasive, robot-assisted surgery will be recommended to cut the bands of scar tissue to relieve both the pain and the organs from each other.

Patients shouldn’t worry about the recurrence of pelvic adhesions, especially since most women get them from previous pelvic surgeries, as minimally-invasive surgical procedures leave very little scar tissue, coupled with the fast healing time, drastically cuts down on the likelihood of recurring pelvic adhesions.

  • Medication
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally-invasive surgery