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Lysis of Abdominal Adhesions

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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.

Abdominal Organs

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
  • You cough up blood.

Seek care immediately 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.

Call your doctor or surgeon 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.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Antibiotics help prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
  • Bowel movement softeners make it easier for you to have a bowel movement. You may need this medicine to prevent constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Return to daily activities as directed:

Rest as needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is okay to return to work and other daily activities.

Care for the surgery area:

You may need to keep a bandage on your incisions until your follow-up visit. Keep the surgery area clean and dry. When your healthcare provider says it is okay 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 foods that are high in fiber. Examples include fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables and fruits, cooked beans, and whole-grain breads and cereals.

  • Drink more liquids. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Exercise as directed. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.
    Walking for Exercise

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

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

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