What is a division of adhesions procedure?
Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that join together two internal body surfaces that are not usually connected. When organs or tissues within the body adhere (or stick) to other internal surfaces, it’s called an adhesion.
Adhesions are a common problem, especially for people who have had open abdominal surgery in the past.
Why do I need a division of adhesions procedure?
Adhesions develop when the body tries to repair itself. This is common after:
Your surgeon may suggest a division of adhesions procedure if your adhesions are causing you significant pain, difficulty having a bowel movement, infertility or bladder disorders.
What happens during a division of adhesions procedure?
Adhesions are commonly treated with laparoscopic surgery. This is a type of ‘key-hole’ surgery which is minimally invasive and uses several small incisions rather than one large incision. During the procedure, a laparoscope (a thin, long tube with a light and a camera) will be inserted into one of the incisions. The laparoscope will project images of the affected area back to a video monitor and thin surgical instruments will be used to repair the adhesion.
The surgery usually takes 1 -2 hours and you may be required to stay in hospital for 1 or 2 nights.
What is the cost of a division of adhesions procedure?
Division of adhesion procedures can be performed in both public and private hospitals. If you choose to have your procedure in a private hospital, a portion of the cost may be covered by your private health insurance. It’s a good idea to discuss this with your insurance provider.
Please contact the Sydney GI Surgery team to discuss your needs and for an accurate assessment of the cost involved.
What are the risks of a division of adhesions procedure?
Division of adhesions is generally a safe and common procedure, however, some risks are involved. These include:
- Organ injury such as bowel
- Recurrence of adhesions
- Adverse reaction to the anaesthetic
Recovery from a division of adhesions procedure
After your procedure your vital signs will be monitored for a number of hours. You may have to stay in hospital overnight. Your surgeon will talk to you about what is best for you.
A friend or family member will need to drive you home as the effects of the anaesthesia may take several hours to wear off and it will be unsafe for you to drive.
Over the next day or two you may experience moderate pain or throbbing around the areas where the incisions were made. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medications for this.