A bowel obstruction is a blockage within the small or large intestine which can cause buildup of foods, acids, gas, and fluids, developing increasing pressure. This can result in a rupture or split, therefore surgical intervention may be required.
A bowel obstruction can vary greatly in severity, meaning that there are a range of different surgical techniques that may be recommended depending on your individual condition.
All bowel obstruction surgeries are interventional procedures. These surgeries are conducted in a hospital under general anaesthesia and involve either the removal of the material blocking the intestines or repair of the intestines.
Although some bowel surgeries can be planned, sometimes the surgery may be performed as an emergency procedure if the condition is rapidly worsening.
An obstruction of the bowel is potentially a very dangerous condition, which should be treated as soon as symptoms are noticed. whilst often characterised by worsening pain in the abdomen, other symptoms include:
If the obstruction persists without treatment, it can cause a rupture or split of the bowel, causing the blockage material to enter the abdominal cavity. This can potentially be fatal.
A/Prof. James Lee is an experienced surgeon, who performs a number of bowel obstruction surgeries for patients in Melbourne. As the severity of the bowel obstruction can vary greatly from patient to patient, it’s important to speak with your doctor and surgeon in order to understand which procedure may be the most appropriate for you.
A/Prof. James Lee ensures that each and every patient receives as much information and education about their procedure as possible. Book a consultation today!