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Question : How do I get rid of scar tissue in my belly from many surgeries?
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Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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These bands of scar tissue are called adhesions. They develop within the abdomen around the places where surgeons needed to cut and sew. When surgeons limit the cutting and handling of internal organs during surgery, adhesions are less likely to form.

Once adhesions have formed, there is no way to get rid of them. Only surgery to cut them out. But any more surgery makes it very likely that you would form even more adhesions.

It’s not clear why some people are much more likely to developing adhesions than others. Diet doesn’t make a difference in preventing them.

Fortunately, most adhesions don’t cause symptoms. When they do, the problem usually is abdominal pain. The pain can come and go. Or it can persist day after day.

Even when the adhesions cause partial intestinal obstruction, surgeons are reluctant to do more cutting. Instead, people usually go on a liquid diet to help relieve discomfort. But if there is complete obstruction of the intestine, the only option is surgery.

 

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