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Recurring adhesive small bowel obstruction experience?

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  • Posted By: mysymptoms
  • September 26, 2010
  • 03:23 AM

I was released from the hospital after a 5 day stay last week for small bowel obstruction. My treatment was IV fluids, nothing to eat or drink, and a naso-gastric tube to empty and decompress my bowel. Thankfully, it resolved without surgery. It was an adhesive obstruction caused by several past abdominal surgeries. The surgeon said it was probably matted adhesions.

Although I'm thankful I didn't require surgery, I'm now terrified of the obstruction returning. The treatment was torture. especially the ng tube. I have an appointment with the surgeon next week to discuss the option of elective surgery to "clean up" the adhesions.

Has anybody out there had experience with this type of obstruction recurring? If so, how often between episodes, and did anything such as certain food or exercise seem to trigger it?

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  • I just want to say I'm not only interested in hearing about recurring episodes. I would appreciate any experiences with accute bowel obstruction. I've learned it's a common reason for emergency hospital admittance. Helpful information to share: What were your initial symptoms?Were you diagnosed quickly?Was treatment surgical or not? How long was your hospital stay? How did you handle nasogastric tube if used?Did it return?and of course anything else you want to share:) Thanks for reading, and every reply will be greatly appreciated
    mysymptoms 1 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
    • 10:48 PM
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  • My husband is in hospital with his third small bowel obstruction in a year from adhesions from a previous surgery. I am interested if hearing if anyone has gotten long term relief from surgery to clean up the adhesions. Everything I have read on the 'net so far leads me to believe that any surgery gives only short term relief but makes matters worse over the long term. Anyone had any experience with this?
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