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Scar tissue on an intestine



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?


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