Bowel Obstruction

A/Prof. James Lee performs a number of procedures to treat bowel obstruction

Bowel Obstruction Surgery Melbourne

Relief from obstruction of the bowel


A/Prof. James Lee offers a number of procedures to treat bowel obstruction, depending on each individual case

What is a bowel obstruction?

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.

What is bowel obstruction surgery?

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.

Potential risks if not treated

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:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • cramping
  • decreased appetite
  • inability to pass stools or gas
  • nausea
  • severe pain
  • swollen belly

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.

Bowel obstruction surgery with A/Prof. James Lee

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!

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All surgical procedures carry risks. Before proceeding, you should consult a surgeon with a FRACS qualification. For endocrine procedures, you should consult a member of ANZ Endocrine Surgeons.