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You were in the hospital for treatment of an obstruction (blockage) in your bowel (intestine). While in the hospital, you received intravenous fluids. You also may have had a tube placed through your nose and into your stomach. You may have received antibiotics.
If you did not have surgery, your doctor and nurses slowly began to give you liquids, and then food.
If you needed surgery, you may have had part of your large or small intestine removed. Your surgeon may have been able to sew the healthy ends of your intestines back together. You may also have had ileostomy or a colostomy placed.
If a tumor or cancer caused the blockage in your intestine, the surgeon may have removed it. Or, it may have been bypassed by routing your intestine around it.
If you had surgery, the outcome is usually good if the obstruction is treated before tissue damage or death occurs in the bowel. Some people may have more bowel obstruction in the future.
If you did not have surgery, your symptoms may be completely gone. But you may still have some discomfort, and your stomach may still feel bloated. There is a chance your intestine may become blocked again.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s or nurse's advice about diet.
Eat small amounts of food 5 to 8 times a day, instead of 3 bigger meals.
Some foods may cause gas, loose stools, or constipation when you are recovering. Avoid the foods that cause these problems.
If you become sick to your stomach or have diarrhea, try drinking only clear fluids for a while and hold off on solid foods.
Do not lift anything or continue intense exercise for at least 4 - 6 weeks, or until your doctor says it is okay.
Call your doctor or nurse if you have:
Turnage RH, Heldmann M, Cole P. Intestinal obstruction and illeus. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:chap 116.