After surgery, scar tissue can connect tissues that are not normally connected.  This can result in debilitating pain and other symptoms.

A Patient's Guide

Chronic pelvic pain and/or associated intestinal disturbance are a major cause of misery for thousands of patients.  Often in constant pain, the patient experiences loneliness, hopelessness, frustration and desperation with thoughts of suicide.  Family and work relationships are strained to the limit.  Although ADHESIONS are often (but not always) the cause of this pain, treatment for adhesions is not performed either because the surgeon does not believe that adhesions can cause the problem, or because lysis of adhesions is considered too difficult or futile.

International Society for
Complex Abdomino-Pelvic & Pain Syndrome

Complex Abdomino-Pelvic & Pain Syndrome (CAPPS): a syndrome of nonmalignant origin consisting of a complex of symptoms of the abdomen or pelvis that includes pain, bowel,  bladder or genital dysfunction of at least 6 months duration.

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