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How To Prevent Blocked Bowels
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
Very difficult: Adhesions are bands of scar tissue that form inside the abdominal cavity after abdominal surgeries. Unfortunatel once you have them theres not much you can do to prevent a bowel obstruction in terms of diet or activity. Some people get obstructions frequently others never. If one occurs most times they can be managed without surgery but soetimes another surgery to free the intestines is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bowel Obstruction, 2: Large bowel obstructions (lbo) present with similar symptoms as sbos yet have distinct findings on x-ray. They may be due to colorectal ca, twisting ("volvulus"), inflammation (diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease). When complete, these require emergency surgery; when incomplete, time may be taken to identify the cause and treat appropriately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgical / medical: It all depends on the cause of "blockage". It can be due to a functional cause or a mechanical one. Mechanical causes include tumors, adhesions, volvulus, intussusception, foreign objects, and hernias. Many times, these require surgery. Functional causes are more difficult and require patience and time. If you are referring to constipation, then stool softeners, laxatives, and enemas are used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bowel Obstruction: Small bowel obstructions (sbos) manifest themselves as the acute onset of vomiting, cramping pain, bloating, and absence of passage of gas or stool. They are most often due to adhesions from prior surgery; less commonly, due to hernias or cancer. In the context of prior surgery, non-operative management is often successful, provided that there are no signs of intestinal compromise. ...Read more
If it is a true: And complete intestinal obstruction, surgery is needed. If it is constipation, laxatives and enemas will usually suffice. But there are other conditions, such as pseudo obstruction and adynamic ileus, that can mimic 'blocked bowels' so it is important that you consult a doctor for specific recommendations in your case. ...Read more
Usually loudly: Mechanical bowel obstructions are often characterized by quite loud bowel sounds as the intestine upstream from the blockage try to overcome the obstruction by contracting stronger than normal. These contractions are responsible for the cramping pain associated with bowel obstructions. A telltale sign of a worsening obstruction is when the bowel sounds diminish, as the bowel function subsides. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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