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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?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Dr. Matthew Lublin
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Dr. Tracy Berg
I agree, and the chances of a recurrence are about 10%.
4 doctors agree

In brief: Recurrence of SBO

Any small bowel obstruction has the potential to recur, even after surgery.
Persistent signs and symptoms should be followed and investigated if severe.

In brief: Recurrence of SBO

Any small bowel obstruction has the potential to recur, even after surgery.
Persistent signs and symptoms should be followed and investigated if severe.
Dr. Andrew Glantz
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Dr. Tracy Berg
With each episode of bowel obstruction requiring a surgical intervention, the risk for a recurrence is increased by about 10%.
Dr. Elie Schochet
Surgery - Colorectal
3 doctors agree

In brief: Good if not fixed

If you had surgery to repair the herniation, then the omentum was likelysplit and it is unlikely to recure.
If it was treated conservatively non-operatively, then it is likely to recur. Often the small bowel loops are scarred down or adhesed to the omentum and if there is a hole in the omentum its only a matter of time before things re-herniate.

In brief: Good if not fixed

If you had surgery to repair the herniation, then the omentum was likelysplit and it is unlikely to recure.
If it was treated conservatively non-operatively, then it is likely to recur. Often the small bowel loops are scarred down or adhesed to the omentum and if there is a hole in the omentum its only a matter of time before things re-herniate.
Dr. Elie Schochet
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