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What can you do for blocked bowels?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree

In brief: See a MD

Blocked bowel generally means obstruction and requires immediate medical attention.

In brief: See a MD

Blocked bowel generally means obstruction and requires immediate medical attention.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the Cause

Small bowel obstructions are usually due to adhesions from prior surgery, hernias, or tumors.
Adhesional obstructions may often get better with bowel rest, but the others usually require surgery. Large bowel obstructions are due to many different causes including colorectal cancers, conditions such as diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease, or volvulus (twisting). Rx depends on the cause.

In brief: Depends on the Cause

Small bowel obstructions are usually due to adhesions from prior surgery, hernias, or tumors.
Adhesional obstructions may often get better with bowel rest, but the others usually require surgery. Large bowel obstructions are due to many different causes including colorectal cancers, conditions such as diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease, or volvulus (twisting). Rx depends on the cause.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Seek Help!

See a physician (md or do) immediately.
This is a very serious condition.

In brief: Seek Help!

See a physician (md or do) immediately.
This is a very serious condition.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Dr. Slade Suchecki
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Dr. Crystal Twynham
What do you mean by blocked bowels? Do you mean constipation, where you are moving your bowel infrequently? Or do you mean that your abdomen is distended, you have nausea and vomiting, especially of stool-like material, and you are not passing ANY gas or stool? The former requires routine medical care; the latter requires an Emergency Room visit ASAP!!! Good luck!
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