What Is a Bowel Obstruction?
A bowel obstruction is any material that blocks the small or large intestine and keeps the digestive system from flowing. This material can be feces, cancer, a polyp, an abscess, or a twist in the intestine. Symptoms of a bowel obstruction include abdominal pain, bloating, the inability to pass gas or stool, nausea, and vomiting. Bowel obstruction surgery involves removing the blockage and repairing any damage the blockage might have caused. This condition can be life-threatening and may require immediate surgery. The experienced general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical have a vast amount of expertise in performing bowel obstruction surgery for Northern California patients. For more on this advanced type of care, please contact our Folsom or Roseville, CA office to set up a treatment consultation.
How is Bowel Obstruction Surgery Performed?
The general surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical strive to take a minimally invasive approach to bowel obstruction surgery whenever possible. In this version of the surgery, small incisions are made in the abdomen and a laparoscope is inserted into the intestine to help guide our surgeons. Special instruments are then used to clear the obstruction. If there is damage to any part of the bowels, our team will also either repair or remove the damaged portions of tissue. Depending on the nature of the obstruction, an open surgical approach may be required to address the condition.
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"Dr. Chen was great. Very professional, high level of communication and, most importantly, a fantastic surgeon. Despite the mess he had to work with (me), he was able to do a perfect surgery and give me the best case scenario outcome with minimal recovery time. I hope you don’t ever have to go see him, but if you need to, he’s your man."- M.M. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
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"Actually I am rating Dr. David Skeehan 10 STARS ... along with his Entire Team @ Sutter Roseville Outpatient Surgery Center. Absolutely 1st Class care & concern from the moment I walked into the pre-op area, through surgery, post-op & then departure for home; plus a wellness call the next day. Dr. Skeehan performed an operation/procedure on me: diagnostic laparoscopy, robotic assisted incisional hernia repair with mesh. I only have three tiny incisions, yet he corrected 10 years of gut agony from 3 Major Surgeries. (#2 - being Emergency) - caused by Dr. #1 mishap during her removal of my Sigmoid colon; so diseased from 30+ years of diverticulitis attacks. I consider the referral to see Dr. David Skeehan a total God-Send Blessing.💕"- J.M. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
Bowel Obstruction Surgery FAQ
How serious is a bowel obstruction?
A bowel obstruction is potentially life-threatening, and quick intervention may be necessary. Bowel obstruction surgery can be performed in a minimally invasive fashion with a laparoscope, or it may be performed with an open surgical approach.
How long does bowel obstruction surgery take?
The length of time you are in surgery will depend on the type and severity of the obstruction. Some surgeries can be completed in under an hour. Others may take up to four hours.
What is the recovery timeframe from bowel obstruction surgery?
Most patients who undergo bowel obstruction surgery in our Roseville, CA location will need to stay in the hospital for 5 – 7 days following the surgery. Once you are released from the hospital, our surgical team will go over any aftercare instructions with you to ensure your maximum healing. Some patients will need several weeks before they are able to return to normal activities.
Improved digestive Health and Function
Bowel obstruction surgery can be a critical, life-saving procedure, making it important to locate the right surgeon to meet your digestive health needs. Sierra Pacific Surgical is staffed by highly experienced, caring general surgeons who are committed to restoring health and function while keeping patients educated on their care. Please contact our centers in Roseville and Folsom, CA today to learn more about bowel obstruction surgery.