Adhesions are made up of collagenous cross-links similar to the strands of a nylon rope.
- Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that can bind structures together inside the body. They are composed to collagenous cross-links similar to the strands of a nylon rope.
- Adhesions form as part of the body’s natural healing process after a surgery, infection or trauma.
- While adhesions begin forming as soon as a tissue disturbance occurs, symptoms may not appear until months or years later.
- Adhesion-related conditions include chronic pain, infertility, bowel obstruction and pelvic dysfunction. Bowel obstruction is a potentially life-threatening condition.
- Adhesions cause pain and dysfunction by pulling on nerves and structures that are bound together but are supposed to be mobile.
- Adhesions within the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes can cause female infertility by decreasing reproductive function.
- Adhesions are not visible through diagnostic tests such as x-rays, CT scans and MRIs. As a result, adhesions are typically diagnosed through laparoscopy, a surgical procedure in which a camera into inserted through a small hole in the abdomen.
- Lysis of adhesions is a surgical procedure designed to remove adhesions by cutting or burning them. However, adhesiolysis can result in the formation of new adhesions as the body recovers from the procedure.