Scar tissue and adhesion are a normal, even necessary part of the wound healing process. But they can present a significant problem:

Adhesions are a serious and frequent complication of surgical interventions and can require further surgery and hospitalization. Adhesions are fibrotic tissue bands that connect tissue planes that are normally not connected. They can directly influence surgical outcome and success when they influence anatomic structures that are normally able to move freely in their tissue planes.

Adhesions normally occur at the site of the surgical procedure and frequently develop during the first three to five days after surgery.

Furthermore, literature reports a statistically significant correlation between the presence of scar tissue and unfavorable clinical outcome in terms of increased activity-related pain and recurrent radiculer pain after six months.

A clinically relevant example is lumbar spine surgery, in which adhesions may lead to recurrent back pain and/or leg pain and associated physical impairment of the patient. A re-operation may be required in some instances. This scenario is referred to as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).


Using barrier gels is the most common step to prevent adhesions. Barrier gels are the latest technology on the market: They separate opposing tissue planes and prevent the formation of fibrotic bands. Gels are easy to use, can be securely applied to difficult to reach or irregular structures, and adhere to tissues to which they are applied.

ADCON®Gel is foremost a barrier gel which has been available for more than 10 years.