Be kind to your omenta, and your omenta will be kind to you.
The greater and lesser omenta “float” on top of your intestines.
Nathaniel Scharping (“The Omentum: A Curtain of Tissue That Keeps Our Guts Working: The omentum is a curtain of fatty tissue that hangs down from our stomach and liver and wraps around the intestines,” Discover, Jun. 1, 2017) wrote …
“Most of the action in the omentum takes place in clusters of white blood cells, known officially as ‘milky spots,’ that dot the organ. They serve as a kind of filter for the abdominal fluid that circulates through the omentum and play a role in controlling immune responses to bacteria in the gut. When a harmful microbe is detected, the milky spots kick off the release of inflammatory molecules that mount a defense. If a microbe comes in peace, the omentum can signal the gut to stand down. For its role as the arbiter of justice in the gut, it was dubbed the ‘policeman of the abdomen’ in 1906.”
Well over 100 years later, the omentum is still called the “policeman of the abdomen” because it fights intra-abdominal infection.
According to Arthur Emanuel Hertzler, M.D. (1919) …
“When an organ becomes distressed because of some accident to its blood supply the omentum is able to attach itself and add to the supply, or what is equally important, conduct away the stagnant venous blood. This is best illustrated in those cases where a pelvic tumor, because of some interference with its blood supply, has its nutrition disturbed. Here the omentum often becomes attached and aids in reestablishing an efficient circulation. The great capacity of the omentum to render such aid has been shown experimentally. If all the vessels of the spleen are ligated the omentum may envelop and prevent gangrene.
“The capacity of the omentum to aid venous return is made use of in cases where the return circulation of the abdomen is hindered by a cirrhotic liver. It was hoped that by attaching the omentum to the abdominal wall a sufficient accessory circulation could be established and thus circumvent the liver. The task is of course too great, but it is paying a delicate compliment to a very versatile organ.”