A 40-year-old member asked:
what kind of doctor sees somebody for small bowel obstruction?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
General Surgeon: The management of a small bowel obstruction can be challenging and requires a surgeon so as to "follow" one's course and decide if surgery is necessary. On the one hand, most obstructions are due to scar tissue from prior surgery and will often get better without surgery; on the other hand, the intestine can die and lead to life-threatening problems. Therefore, we have to watch one very closely.
Answered on Apr 17, 2019
Dr. Eric Kaplan answered
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Surgeon: Your pcp can make the diagnosis with an exam and xrays or ct scan of abdomen, but treatment is best overseen by a surgeon in case it doesn't resolve with medical therapy and surgery is required.
Answered on Oct 19, 2016
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