Small Bowel Obstruction

A small bowel obstruction means something is blocking the small intestine. The small intestine is the long tube that connects the stomach to the colon. Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. Treatment also depends on how bad the problem is.

HOME CARE

Your doctor may let you go home if your small bowel is not completely blocked.

  • Rest.

  • Follow your diet as told by your doctor.

  • Only drink clear liquids until you start to get better.

  • Avoid solid foods as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have pain or cramps that get worse.

  • You throw up (vomit) blood.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), or you cannot stop throwing up.

  • You cannot drink fluids.

  • You feel confused.

  • You feel dry or thirsty (dehydrated).

  • Your belly gets more puffy (bloated).

  • You have chills.

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel weak, or you pass out (faint).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.