Information for Patients and Families
Frequently Asked Questions
- “When Will My Abdomen Be Closed?”
- Can I Work Or Go To School With My Abdomen Open?
- How Can I Tell Whether My Abdomen Is “open” Or “closed”?
- Is It Normal For My Abdomen To Hurt When I Move?
- What Is Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (ACS)
- What Is An “open Abdomen”?
- What Is Intra-Abdominal Hypertension (IAH)?
- What Is Intra-abdominal Pressure (IAP)?
- Why Do I Have An Open Abdomen?
- Why Is An Open Abdomen Necessary?
- Will My Abdomen Always Look Like This?
What is intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)?
What is Intra-Abdominal Hypertension (IAH)?
What is Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (ACS)
What is an “open abdomen”?
Why is an open abdomen necessary?
How can I tell whether my abdomen is “open” or “closed”?
Why do I have an open abdomen?
“When will my abdomen be closed?”
Can I work or go to school with my abdomen open?
Is it normal for my abdomen to hurt when I move?
Will my abdomen always look like this?
Important Issues If You Have An Open Abdomen
You should exercise everyday. Walking is best.
Do not lift weights or perform strenuous exercise without checking with your doctor first.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet and avoid excessive weight gain. If you gain too much weight, you may not be able to have your abdomen closed. Regular exercise and a low-fat diet are the best way to avoid gaining too much weight.
Don’t be surprised if you get tired easily. Your body is healing and needs lots of rest. It may take up to a year to regain your normal strength.
Be sure to follow-up regularly with your surgeon and follow his or her instructions.
Follow all of the instructions provided by your physician or nurse.
The World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS) was founded in 2004 to promote research, foster education, and improve the survival of patients with intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) and/or abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). The WSACS is a non-profit organization whose educational efforts are dependent upon philantrophic educational grants from our industry partners as well as donations from patients, families, and others. The WSACS greatly appreciates the generous financial assistance of its partners without whose help the mission of the WSACS could not occur.
If you or your family has been impacted by IAH/ACS and would like to partner with the WSACS to improve the diagnosis and management of IAH/ACS, please contact the WSACS Executive Committee. All donations to the WSACS are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. Complete documentation of your donation to the WSACS will be provided for such purposes. Donations may also be made in the name of a family member or that of physicians and nurses whom you would like to see recognized for their dedication to patient care.
Please contact the WSACS Executive Committee for further information regarding philanthropic donations to the Society.