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I had surgery to remove a piece of my bowel. Is this bowel obstruction?

I had surgery to remove a piece of my bowel. Is this bowel obstruction?

Intestinal: Resections are performed for many reasons, such as injury, tumor, adhesions, infections, inflammation. And yes, any intestinal surgery can cause adhesions which in turn can cause intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more


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How fast can I make my small bowel obstruction go away?

How fast can I make my small bowel obstruction go away?

U Can't Do It Alone: Small bowel obstructions (sbo) require in-patient care to fully evaluate and rx. This includes reversal of the inevitable dehydration, emptying the stomach with an ng tube, and monitoring one's overall well-being to determine if surgery is necessary. Most sbos are secondary to adhesions from prior surgery; thankfully, this resolves with above measures 2/3 of the time. ...Read more

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My doc says i've got bowel obstruction. What does this mean?

My doc says i've got bowel obstruction. What does this mean?

R U in Hospital?: A bowel obstruction is a very serious problem that requires hospital management and, often, surgical treatment. Obstruction of the intestine causes an inability to take-in any nutrition by mouth, leading to dehydration and eventual vomiting, bloating, cramping pain, and an inability to move one's bowels. If it does not resolve, it inevitably leads to bowel perforation. ...Read more

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I in pain after 3 yrs of my small bowel obstruction.... What can I do?

I in pain after 3 yrs of my small bowel obstruction.... What can I do?

Not clear: Your questions is too vague. Pain after bowel surgery could be due to a number of issues. This requires seeing your surgeon and having an exam to clarify the nature of your pain. It would be quite difficult in this setting to answer your question. Adhesions or scar tissue can many times be a big problem in some patients after a bowel surgery. Please see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened. a week later i am having same symptoms c?

I just had a bowel obstruction and surgery for the first time in my life dr said should have never happened.  a week later i am having same symptoms c?

See your Dr: If you are developing the same symptoms as before the surgery you should see your surgeon or ER doctor as soon as possible. It's unlikely you have another bowel obstruction and more likely your bowels have not "woken up" completely yet, but to be sure you should have some x-rays at the very least. ...Read more

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My father has bowel obstruction. What can I learn about this?

My father has bowel obstruction. What can I learn about this?

Large or Small?: Treatment of a bowel obstruction is dependent on it's cause. Small bowel obstructions are almost always due to scar tissue from prior surgery and may resolve without surgery. Large bowel obstructions are often due to cancers, twisting of the colon, or inflammatory conditions such as diverticulitis. Urgent diagnosis is necessary with possible surgery, depending on the degree of obstruction. ...Read more

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My grandfather was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction is too sick to operate on they put him on comfort measures and sent him to the nursing home a dr?

My grandfather was diagnosed with a bowel obstruction is too sick to operate on they put him on comfort measures and sent him to the nursing home a dr?

Compassion & Care: It sounds like the doctors involved in your grandfather's care are providing compassion in not subjecting him to a painful operation that could have multiple complications, prolonged hospitalization, multiple procedures, and make his final days miserable. Sometimes the best choice is to give people pain medication, a quiet comfortable atmosphere, and time to be with their loved ones; this is good. ...Read more

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How can I treat bowel obstruction?

You cannot: Bowel obstruction is a medical emergency and you should go to an er right away. It can be caused by foreign objects, tumors, serious vascular problems, bowel twisting, or an infolding termed intussecption. These may need surgical intervention and the er is the point of entry for the next steps. ...Read more

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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

Combination: Bowel obstruction is diagnosed using a combination of patient history, physical exam, and scans (x-rays, ct, etc.). Sometimes the physical exam findings are so obvious that scans are not required. Some partial bowel obstructions can be very difficult to diagnose and may elude doctors and patients for months. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Bowel Obstruction (Definition)

The intestinal tract is one, long distensible pipe from the stomach to the anus consisting of 30-40 ft of small intestine (for nutrient absorption) and 5 ft of large intestine (for water absorption). Obstruction may occur at any point, causing upstream distention, cramping pain, vomiting, and obstipation (no gas or bm out the bottom). Rx may require surgery ...Read more