Bowel Obstructions

Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc.

General Surgery Practice & Surgery Center located in Encinitas, CA

Bowel obstructions are surgical emergencies. They occur when you’re unable to eliminate stool from your body. At Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc., a general surgery practice in Encinitas, California, Dr. Gil Galloway and the team use minimally invasive techniques when performing surgery for bowel obstructions. Call the office or schedule a bowel obstruction surgical consultation online today.

Bowel Obstructions Q&A

What are bowel obstructions?

Bowel obstructions refer to problems that affect your bowel. With a bowel obstruction, the contents of your intestine can’t exit your body. The obstruction may occur in your small or large intestine. 

You may develop a bowel obstruction if you have intestinal adhesions or scar tissue following bowel surgery. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may also cause bowel obstructions.

Without proper treatment, bowel obstructions may lead to serious health complications such as tissue death or infection.  

What are the symptoms of bowel obstructions?

With a bowel obstruction, you may experience crampy abdominal pain that comes and goes. Bowel obstructions also make it hard to pass stool and gas. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

A bowel obstruction is a serious medical emergency. If you’re unable to have a bowel movement or pass gas, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

When do bowel obstructions need surgery?

Treatment for bowel obstructions depends on the severity of the obstruction. If you have a complete bowel obstruction, you need surgery. 

The team at Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc. includes general surgery experts who can determine if surgery makes the best option for you. When performing bowel surgery, the team uses cutting-edge tools and techniques, so you get the best outcomes with as little tissue damage as possible. 


What happens during surgery for bowel obstructions?

Your surgeon at Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc. reviews the details of your bowel obstruction surgery before your procedure. When possible, the team uses laparoscopic tools and techniques to reduce tissue damage and scarring.

During laparoscopic bowel obstruction surgery, your surgeon makes a small incision in your abdomen and inserts a laparoscope, a thin, lighted tube with a camera. The laparoscope allows your surgeon to view the internal organs without having to make a large open incision.

Your surgeon then makes additional incisions to insert the surgical instruments needed to treat your bowel obstruction. Your surgeon removes the obstruction and the portion of the bowel affected by the obstruction.

Or, your surgeon may remove the bowel obstruction using endoscopic tools, inserting a tube through your anus or mouth to get to the obstruction and using cutting-edge tools to remove it. 

For a minimally invasive approach to bowel obstructions from an experienced surgical team, call the office of Gil Q. Galloway, M.D., Inc., or book an appointment online today.