Bowel obstruction (blockage) is usually a problem that comes on suddenly with severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and absence of passage of any bowel motion. The symptoms are usually so severe a person usually chooses to attend an emergency department. For the small bowel, the most common causes include adhesions (scar tissue) relating to previous abdominal surgery or a hernia that has become twisted and stuck. Less common yet serious causes can also cause bowel obstruction. These will usually be diagnosed during the admission from the emergency department, and sometimes surgery is required during that admission.
If surgery is required to release adhesions (scar tissue) or treat a blocked hernia, this can usually be achieved with laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
Dr. Le Page has performed thousands of abdominal operations and audits the outcomes of his patients to ensure the highest standard of care. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.