Can you please give me a technical description of small bowel obstruction?

Blocked intestine. Your "gut" is a hollow tube from your mouth, to esophagus, to stomach, to small intestine, to large intestine (colon), to rectum, and out your anus. The small intestine is 15-20 feet long, and can become blocked because of kinking or twisting from scar tissue, tumors, growths, cancers, get stuck folded inside a hernia, or pressed on from outside = "small bowel obstruction". Can require surgery.
See below. A bowel obstruction is a terminology to describe an intestinal blockage. There can be small intestinal blockage or large intestinal blockage. There are a variety of causes of intestinal blockage such as adhesions or scar from past surgery, large bowel tumors, and several other causes. An intestinal blockage can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and inability to eat. Medical treatment or surgery....

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What is the definition or description of: small bowel obstruction?

Small Bowel Obstruct. Small bowel obstruction (sbo) is, as the name states, blockage of the upper (small) intestine. It leads to crampy abdominal pain, nausea vomitting and often dehydration. Treatment may be supportive (fluids and bowel rest) or operative, depending on the cause and duration of the obtruction. Read more...

Do other people get small bowel obstruction, or is it unusual?

Common. The diagnosis of small bowel obstruction is fairly prevalent and many resolve without surgery. It could be something as simple as a few cramps yet it also could be as serious as intestine so badly twisted that it dies. The most common cause of intestinal obstruction is scarring (adhesions) from previous abdominal surgery. The second most common cause is a hernia. Cancer lists as number three. Read more...
Common. There are many reasons to get small bowel obstruction, most common being adhesions -scar tissue- from previous surgery or infection. Treatment starts with nasogastric tube drainage to reduce pressure, stopping oral intake, IV fluid to reverse dehydration. A surgeon can then determine if surgery is needed or just time. Read more...