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?