Contributions of Adhesions to the Cost of Healthcare

  • Isay Moscowitz
  • Steven D. Wexner


Postoperative abdominal adhesions are associated with numerous complications, including small-bowel obstruction, 1 difficult and dangerous reoperations, infertility, and chronic pain.2–5 The healthcare industry has changed dramatically in the past decade. Historically, quality of care was the primary determinant of change in healthcare; however, cost has become a major motivating force in clinical decision making. Despite continued efforts to optimize outcomes, adverse sequelae ensue in all aspects of medicine and surgery. As technology advances, new drugs, devices, and procedures spawn new concerns relating to adverse outcomes. The costs of these unwanted effects contribute significantly to the global costs of healthcare.


Bowel Obstruction Health Care Financing Sodium Hyaluronate Postoperative Adhesion Peritoneal Adhesion 
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