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Abdominal Surgey Complications Overview
In some cases, abdominal surgery is warranted and is even a necessary procedure to do to remove cancerous tissue or to remove a diseased organ. In trauma cases, abdominal surgery is used to repair lacerations and to stop abnormal bleeding. In weight loss surgery, abdominal surgery is used to create a small stomach pouch that holds only a little bit of food, resulting in weight loss.
Abdominal surgery can be done as an open procedure, which means a larger incision is used to open the abdominal cavity and the abdominal contents are relatively easy to see from the outside. In laparoscopic abdominal surgery, small incisions are made that have a scope inserted into them. The incisions are about an inch long and the scope used is a lighted rigid scope. Other incisions are made into which the tools are used to manipulate the abdominal contents. Some tools just move or grasp tissue while other tools are used in suturing and other techniques. Several incisions are often used at the same time.
All abdominal surgeries carry risk, whether it is laparoscopic or open. The procedures are riskier if the patient is extremely ill at the time of surgery, if the patient is elderly or if the surgery is related to trauma or cancer. Many things can go wrong and must be taken into account at the time surgery is contemplated and decided on.
One risk or complication of abdominal surgery is blood loss. The abdomen is well vascularized, meaning that it has a lot of blood vessels and good circulation. It is too easy to nick a blood vessel, resulting in massive bleeding. The bleeding risk is somewhat more problematic in laparoscopic surgery, in which it is more difficult to get a handle on rapid bleeding complications. Sometimes a laparoscopic procedure must be changed to an open procedure in the event of massive bleeding. Bleeding complications are worse if a person is on blood thinners or has a disorder that is causing excessive bleeding.
Another risk of abdominal surgery is infection. The infection can come from the outside through the incision and can come from skin organisms or airborne organisms. An infection can also come from within the abdomen. If the bowels are punctured, bacteria can flood the abdominal cavity, resulting in peritonitis (infection of the peritoneum) and sepsis (bloodborne infection). Infection must be treated with flushing the abdomen of abscesses, closing of the area opened up in the first place and the use of antibiotics to clear any residual infection.
Puncturing of the viscous is a problematic complication of abdominal surgery, especially if the puncture is not picked up on right away. If the stomach, oesophagus, small bowel or colon is ruptured, the person can get a severe bacterial infection that can lead to abscess, sepsis and death. Only a small puncture wound, such as with an errant suture can cause problems with severe infection. The same is not true if something like the liver, spleen or pancreas is punctured. These are relatively sterile organs that don't yield severe infections when punctured.
After a difficult surgery, there can be a relative stasis of the intestines and colon. The bowel simply stops working due to being handled during surgery. This is known as a paralytic ileus and generally, the patient can recover on his or her own with time. During the time of ileus, the patient can drink clear liquids but cannot take in solid food until bowel sounds can be heard and the patient is passing gas.
Late complications of abdominal surgery include getting a bowel obstruction from scar tissue or "fibrous adhesions" within the abdomen. This is more common in cases of bowel infection or peritonitis. An incisional hernia can happen when the abdominal muscles aren't sealed together. This results in the abdominal contents not being contained within the muscular abdomen. Hernia surgery may be required to correct the problem. A persistent tract can develop between the abdomen and the outside or between two abdominal structures. This is called a fistula. Fistulas are commonly infected to some degree and may need to be cut out of the body in order to heal.