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Lysis Of Abdominal Adhesions


Lysis of abdominal adhesions is surgery to remove adhesions in your abdomen. Adhesions are bands of scar tissue. Adhesions can cause organs and surrounding tissues to be twisted, pulled out of place, or stuck together.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Antibiotics: This medicine will help fight or prevent an infection. Take your antibiotics until they are gone, even if you feel better.
  • Bowel movement softeners: This medicine makes it easier for you to have a bowel movement. You may need this medicine to prevent constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches or staples removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

Wound care:

You may need to keep a bandage on your incisions until your follow-up visit. Keep your wound clean and dry. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Prevent constipation:

  • Eat healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
  • Drink liquids as directed: Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Exercise: Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • Your incision is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have pain in your abdomen or shoulder area that does not go away, or gets worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your incision comes apart.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
  • You cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.