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You may not know you have adhesions, because adhesions don’t always cause problems. They also don’t show up easily in imaging tests. But sometimes you may get some symptoms, such as pain in your tummy, a blocked bowel or fertility problems. For more information, see our sections on symptoms of adhesions and diagnosis of adhesions.
Your bowel can get blocked (obstructed) again if you have adhesions. This can happen even if you’ve already had surgery to treat them. You may be less likely to get a bowel obstruction again if you have keyhole surgery rather than open surgery. For more information, see our section on treatment of adhesions
Adhesions don’t always cause symptoms so you may not feel anything. Or you may notice some ongoing pain in your tummy. You may also feel sick or bloated or find it hard to poo. If you have any of these symptoms and they’re not going away, speak to your GP. For more information, see our section on symptoms of adhesions.
Adhesions don’t go away on their own. But you may be able to have surgery to separate adhesions that are stuck together if they’re causing any problems such as a blocked bowel. For more information, see our section on treatment of adhesions.
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