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What is the best treatment for small bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: See doctor

If you have an acute small bowel obstruction you should get emergency care.
There are several possibilities and you will likely need to be hospitalized for at least short period of time since you will likely not be able to eat or drink until issue is resolved.

In brief: See doctor

If you have an acute small bowel obstruction you should get emergency care.
There are several possibilities and you will likely need to be hospitalized for at least short period of time since you will likely not be able to eat or drink until issue is resolved.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
4 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery, maybe

Small bowel obstruction caused by adhesions or scar tissue often resolves with supportive care, like draining gastric juices and air out of the stomach and upper bowel, bowel rest, and giving IV fluids.
If it doesn't, surgery may be needed. Small bowel obstruction from other causes, such as hernia or tumor, requires surgery as primary treatment far more often.

In brief: Surgery, maybe

Small bowel obstruction caused by adhesions or scar tissue often resolves with supportive care, like draining gastric juices and air out of the stomach and upper bowel, bowel rest, and giving IV fluids.
If it doesn't, surgery may be needed. Small bowel obstruction from other causes, such as hernia or tumor, requires surgery as primary treatment far more often.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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2 comments
Dr. Ralph Layman
If you have a bowel obstruction after a previous surgery then about 85-90% of the time they will resolve without surgery.
Dr. Yash Khanna
small bowel obstruction may resolve spontaneously and many will require operative treatment.In adults some times surgical intervention and the treatment of what caused the obstruction.Treatment should not be delayed,simple obstructions are treated conservatively,with Naso Gstric tube suction and IV fluids,and urine output is monitored,if cause is cancer surgery with resection is carried out
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