abdominal adhesions and pregnancy

by Amanda
(denver, co)

I am a 26 year old female. I had an emergency splenectomy after an MVA 7 years ago, which resulted in many complications including adhesions leading to SBO.


I had SBO surgery 3 weeks post splenectomy, but developed another SBO and had surgery again about four weeks after. So I basically had 3 hugely invasive abdominal surgeries within 6 weeks. I haven't had any complications since other than abdominal pain. It has been 7 years, I am wondering if it is safe with all the scar tissue to get pregnant/carry a child?



Hello Amanda,

You clearly have gone through a lot by way of surgeries. It is certainly very reasonable to be concerned if it is safe to attempt pregnancy with such a history.

On the face value of the history presented, it does seems okay to get pregnant. Adhesions in themselves, should not exclude you from wanting to get pregnant. They will not terribly increase your risks in pregnancy either. Yes.
abdominal adhesions and pregnancy can go "hand in hand" safely.

It is strongly recommended you see a gynaecologist for a one to one robust assessment to reach a final conclusion. Such assessment would include checking and assessing your old scars / abdominal wall muscle integrity as well as seek and exclude any other potential confounders.

I hope this helps point you in the right direction.

Many thanks for visiting us and using our free online resources here at abdopain.com.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. O. Edema

On-Call Doctor, abdopain.com

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