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.
Who Needs Bowel Obstruction Surgery?
If you're suffering from a bowel obstruction, you may need surgery. Some reasons for needing to treat a bowel obstruction with surgery include:
- Blockage may block blood flow to the area
- Impossible for contents of the bowel to pass through and out of the body
- Other interventions to relieve a blockage, such as dietary changes, have been unsuccessful
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a bowel obstruction and believe it is time for medical intervention, our team at Sierra Pacific Surgery can help you decide if intestinal obstructions surgery is needed.
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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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.