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I need help with small bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Small bowel obstruct: Ion is a medical emergency. It should be treated by confirming the diagnosis, bowel rest, possible decompression with a nasogastric tube on suction. If not resolving within 24 hours, surgical exploration is indicated to avoided ischemic or dead bowel. Do not delay if you think you are obstructed. This is not to be treated t home!

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Please help me? What is bowel obstruction?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Intestinal blockage: Bowel obstruction can involve either the small or large intestine. There are many causes of obstruction - for the large intestine, masses including cancer, inflammation or twisting (volvulus), for the small intestine, scar tissue from previous surgery, congenital twisting, congenital band, tumor or hernia. Partial obstruction may resolve without surgery but complete obstruction requires surgery.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do for small bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Come to hospital: A small bowel obstruction usually occurs due to scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery, causing the bowel to kink like a garden hose. If severe, the bowel can die; however, the bowel can (and usually does) unkink itself after a day-or-two of "bowel rest": no food or liquid, IV fluids, and keeping the stomach empty with a ng tube. This requires close monitoring in the hospital.

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