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Scar tissue on an intestine

06/07/2004

Question:

Explain to me what having a scar tissue on the intestine intells. My cousin just had a hysto. and during recovery they discovered she had scar tissue on her intestine. What is it and how can this issue be removed?

Answer:

Scar tissue is also called adhesions. They can occur from many things including prior surgery, prior infection and endometriosis . It is difficult to remove scar tissue. During surgery the goal is to free up the intestine, to use your cousin`s example, from whatever it is scarred to (itself, the abdominal wall, etc). Scar tissue usually re-forms after surgery but hopefully does so in an area that causes no problems.

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Response by:

Arthur T Ollendorff, MD Arthur T Ollendorff, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati