Abdominal adhesions can cause bowel obstruction, infertility, and chronic abdominal pain. In this review adhesion-related chronic abdominal pain, diagnostic laparoscopy and laparoscopic adhesiolysis as a treatment for chronic abdominal pain are discussed. There is no difference in benefit with the use of diagnostic laparoscopy versus laparoscopic adhesiolysis. Considering the risk of complications associated with laparoscopic adhesiolysis, it should no longer be recommended as therapy for adhesion-related chronic abdominal pain.

Adhesions, Chronic abdominal pain, Diagnostic laparoscopy, Laparoscopic adhesiolysis
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10397-006-0232-y, hdl.handle.net/1765/62519
Gynecological Surgery
Department of Surgery

van der Wal, J.B.C, Halm, J.A, & Jeekel, J. (2006). Chronic abdominal pain: The role of adhesions and benefit of laparoscopic adhesiolysis. Gynecological Surgery (Vol. 3, pp. 168–174). doi:10.1007/s10397-006-0232-y