** 55 - 94% of patients having abdominal or pelvic surgery will develop post-operative surgical adhesions
** certain surgical procedures have a higher incidence of adhesion formation
** colonic surgery (large colon and small bowel)
** pelvic surgery (surgery on uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries)
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"Audebert and Gomel found that 32% of patients with a previous surgical history are at risk for bowel injuries during the insertion of trocars during laparoscopic surgery."
~ ~ ~ ~ " In 1996, Medicare paid out $3.22 Billion for adhesion related complications.
"Approximately 300,000 adhesiolysis procedures will be performed this year - surgery for the removal of adhesions."