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Season 2 Episode 2

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This episode features Sheila once again.  As you can tell by now, one diagnosis might lead to another, and another.  Starting with the prematurity of her infants, Sheila needed a C-section to deliver her little one pound miracles.  Unfortunately, the surgical intervention years ago has led to severe complications which put her in the hospital recently.  Today we discuss surgical adhesions. 

Your bowels and other abdominal organs have slick, membranous surfaces that prevent them from sticking together when they make contact under normal circumstances. Adhesions may occur when tissues make contact and band together, most often after surgery. Over time, these tissue bands can grow thicker and stronger. Although your diet cannot prevent adhesions, your doctor may recommend certain dietary modifications if abdominal adhesions cause a partial intestinal obstruction. A bowel obstruction is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention.


Diet For Abdominal Adhesions

As stated above, dietary modifications can help an individual with partial or complete obstruction due to Abdominal Adhesions. The diet usually recommended is a low-residue diet in which foods that tend to leave undigested materials in the digestive tract are avoided. This form of diet may not be absolutely nutritious but it helps in cutting down on the frequency of an individual's bowel movements and control pain. Some of the foods which an individual should avoid are cereals, brown rice, vegetables, juices with pulp, dried beans. Foods which an individual can eat are yogurt, pudding, ice cream, soups but one should ensure that these foods are devoid of any type of seed or pulp. One can also take eggs and fish as they are also helpful. The individual should limit dairy products like milk to no more than a couple of cups a day. The diet plan formulated by the dietician may vary depending on the level of obstruction that an individual has.

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