Diagnostic laparoscopy is the only method by which adhesions can be diagnosed. Severe conditions may be medically termed as "frozen abdomen."
A patient diagnosed with a "frozen abdomen" must often face an emotionally difficult reality: he or she has no hope for recovery. When the abdomen is "frozen," this indicates adhesions have become so dense (usually from repeat inadequate surgical procedures) the interior of the abdomen appears as an icy field; organs often unidentifiable. The surgeon may describe the interior of the body to appear as if concrete has been poured inside. Many surgical procedures are quickly terminated when the surgeon encounters a frozen abdomen.
For the sufferer, the news can be devastating. With no hope for recovery, the sufferer must return home knowing his or her fate is grim. Cases of frozen abdomen often leave sufferers existing on liquid diets or TPN feedings, as the intestinal tract may no longer function. Other organs are often compromised as well. These patients are debilitated by pain, often unable to work. Dr. Daniel Kruschinski has changed this once hopeless condition to one of hope. Watch as he boldly goes where other surgeons fear to tread-right through the icy field of a frozen abdomen: