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Unfortunately, the complication of fibrous (scar tissue) bands form between the bowels after abdominal surgery. These bands can cause obstruction, as well as partial obstruction of your bowels. So when you experience bloatedness, constipation and loud abdominal sounds (metal like sounds), you should have at least an abdominal x-ray done, as well as a barium meal with a follow through. Therefore, I will be careful to write it off as IBS and first have these basic special investigations done.
Dr Anrich Burger
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