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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What happens if you ignore a bowel obstruction?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What happens if you ignore a bowel obstruction?

Serious: A true bowel obstruction is most commonly from adhesions or scar from past surgery. A true bowel obstruction results in increasing abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, lack of bowel movement, dehydration. The bowel is at risk for ischemia or internal rupture. It can result in serious sepsis and death if untreated. Note: constipation alone is not a true bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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?

Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Matthew Lublin
Board Certified, General Surgery
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If I had a small bowel obstruction with a closed loop and herniation in to the omentum, what is the likelyhood it could happen again?

Dr. Matthew Lublin
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If I had a small bowel obstruction with a closed loop and herniation in to the omentum, what is the likelyhood it could happen again?

Unlikely: If you had surgery, which i assume you did, the chances of a recuurent bowel obstruction are low but possible. It is very infrequent that people require multiple surgerires for recurrent bowel obstructions. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Vanko
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What can happen if i get pregnant after bowel obstruction ?...... My obstruction was after a premature pregnancy

Dr. Mary Vanko
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
29 years in practice
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Bowel obsatruction: Usually there is no relation between the two. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How long to recover from major bowel obstruction?

Dr. Eric Kaplan
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
37 years in practice
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Depends: It depends on whether it was managed conservatively with bowel rest or required surgery. Also depends on definition of recovery. If you refer to eating regular food and having bm's that can be 1-2 days but may take even longer depending on the degree of obstruction. If surgery was required, full recovery to unlimitted activity is 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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What are bowel obstruction symptoms?

Dr. George Klauber
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Pain and distension: First comes abdominal pain followed by abdominal swelling + tenderness. Then vomiting of stomach contents followed by greenish (bile)vomiting. May feel like passing flatus, but cannot + bowel movements will cease. Abdominal sounds will be absent due to ileus. Plain abdominal xray will demonstrate distended bowel loops with "air fluid levels. See dr. For severe pain, abdo distension + green vomitus. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Bowel obstruction how long to heal?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Bowel obstruction how long to heal?

Depends: Did you have surgery to treat the obstruction? Were you hospitalized and treated medically only? Are you describing bowel constipation? Takes 4-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Takes a few days to recover after medical treatment. Would need much more detailed medical information to answer further. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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How is a bowel obstruction diagnosed?

Dr. Carlo Contreras
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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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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Dr. Boris Ripa
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are signs of a bowel obstruction/impaction in toddlers?

Dr. Boris Ripa
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Poor appetite: Distended abdomen, sometimes fever, irritation, weaknes and more... ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What symptoms does someone with bowel obstruction have?

Pain, vomiting, etc.: A bowel obstruction causes generalized, cramping abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, distention, and the absence of passage of gas or stool (obstipation). ...Read more

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