About Surgical Adhesions

Post-surgical adhesions in horses are the result of abnormal wound healing between adjacent tissues following a surgical procedure. Equine intestinal obstruction is one of the most serious adhesion-related problems and surgical adhesions are the most common cause of this often life-threatening condition.

Surgical adhesions are challenging to prevent because it is difficult to predict where they will form. Surgical adhesions can form between organs that come into contact with a veterinary surgeon’s gloves and instruments, as well as¬†tissues that are not handled by the surgeon.