Incidence of Postsurgical Adhesions

  • Michael P. Diamond


In marked contrast to the clinical impression of practitioners, postoperative adhesion development occurs following most surgical procedures.1–3 This misimpression of clinicians is most likely the result of their inability to view the intraperitoneal operative sites following a surgical procedure without a repeat operation, for which there is frequently no clinical indication. Because many of the complications these adhesions may cause can occur years or decades after the inciting event, the cause-and-effect relationship is often lost. Furthermore, the rare opportunities to perform a second operative procedure, with exceptions, result from a complication in the immediate postoperative period such as an infection or bleeding. In such situations, the finding of adhesions would not be a surprise to the surgeon.


Adhesion Formation Pelvic Surgery Postoperative Adhesion Crystalloid Solution Pelvic Sidewall 
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