Bowel Obstruction

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A bowel obstruction occurs when your large or small intestine is completely or partly blocked. The blockage prevents food and waste from passing through normally.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your PHP or specialist if:

  • You have nausea and are vomiting.

  • Your abdomen is enlarged.

  • You cannot pass a bowel movement or gas.

  • You lose weight without trying.

  • You have blood in your bowel movement.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe abdominal pain that does not get better.

  • Your heart is beating faster than normal for you.

  • You have a fever.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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