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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?

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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How do I know if I have a bowel obstruction?

How do I know if I have a bowel obstruction?

Common symptoms: Are crampy abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and obstipation, in someone who has had previous abdominal surgery or has a hernia. Only medical evaluation will differentiate intestinal obstruction from other causes of abdominal pain. You need to seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

How to tell if a bowel obstruction is going away?

GI symptoms improve: When your belly pain and nausea start to improve and you can pass gas or have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: bowel obstruction?

"blocked pipes": 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 depending on the cause. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

I was wondering what are some symptoms, diagnoses and causes of bowel obstruction?

Bowel obstruction: Mainly these include abdominal pain, distention (swelling), nausea, vomiting

treatment varies and can either include nasogastric decompression and hydration to surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Have a bowel obstruction and was wondering if a bowel obstruction could cause hunger?

Intestinal: Obstruction usually causes crampy abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, obstipation. Hunger is a very unusual symptom with this condition. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction?

Crampy pain, nausea: Bowel obstruction usually begins with loss of appetite and crampy pain in the abdomen. Usually, bowel gas and bowel movements slow down, and in some cases completely stop. Since food and saliva can't go anywhere, vomiting usually occurs. Most people who have a bowel obstruction have had previous surgery. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

Explain the condition called a bowel obstruction.?

Blockage: A bowel obstruction may be from the large (colon) or small intestine. Blockages generally are from extrinsic (outside forces pushing the bowel closed at a point) or intrinsic (something inside the bowel blocking it). They may be partial allowing some liquids to pass or total blockages. Totals are surgical emergencies and need immediate attention. Commoon causes are tumors, adhesions, volvulus... ...Read more

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Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Describe signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction?

Pain and vomiting: The usual symptoms if a bowel obstruction include campy abdominal pain and abdominal distension and vomiting and decreased vowel movements hospital admission is required. ...Read more

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Is small bowel obstruction painful?

Is small bowel obstruction painful?

Small bowl pain: Yes, it can be. Afterall, it's an obstruction! ...Read more

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I need help with small bowel obstruction?

I need help with small bowel obstruction?

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! ...Read more

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What can I do for small bowel obstruction?

What can I do for small bowel obstruction?

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. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of small bowel obstruction bad?

It can be.: The most common symptoms include cramping, generalized abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and the absence of any passage of stool or gas. We call this last symptom obstipation, and it is a very important predictor of the severity of the episode. In some cases, the pain becomes constant and severe--this may represent a compromised blood supply to the bowel, requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Why am I constipated, is it a bowel obstruction?

???: Constipation and bowel obstruction are two completely separate things.

If you have: distention, vomitting and can't keep anything down - head straight to the emergency room for further evaluation. That is obstruction.

If however, you simply aren't going to the bathroom, and are not vomitting - then constipation. Can be seen in the office for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Bowel obstruction, emergency surgery, what to do?

NG drainage first: If work up and blood tests do not reveal possible perforation or necrosis of bowel then conservative treatment first employed with nasogastric drainage. If this doesn't work then exploration and decompression indicated. ...Read more

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Bowel obstruction symptoms and treatment, what to do?

If truly obstructed: This can be a medical emergency and needs diagnosis immediately and prompt treatment initiation. Go to the ER if you can't be seen today by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does X-ray always show a bowel obstruction/ blockage?

Xray of bowels: X-rays show the air inside the bowels. If contrast is given, it will show the fluid. Your doctor looks for gas bubbles in the intestine with swelling of a piece of bowel. X-ray may not show blockage if there is no air getting into the bowel. Contrast will fill up the bowel, but not get through the area of the blockage. Scar tissue after previous abdominal surgery is a common cause of blockage. ...Read more

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What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

What are bowel obstruction symptoms and the treatment?

Numerous: Abdominal pain, distention, lack of passage of stool or gas, nausea, vomitting, fever, loss of appetite. If in doubt, do not delay in seeking medical attention either at your doctor or the emrgencey room. If confirmed, initial treatment is bowel rest, most reolve but some will require surgical intervention if they don't resolve with bowel rest. ...Read more

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Does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

Does small bowel obstruction usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Small bowel obstruction is typically the result of a blockage of one's small bowel and presents with symptoms of crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This is typically caused by adhesions or scar tissue as a result of previous surgery. It is typically treated conservatively with bowel rest (nothing by mouth) and IV fluids. Surgery may be necessary at times. ...Read more

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


Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more