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How to Prevent Bowel Obstruction

One way of preventing an adhesion-related bowel obstruction surgery is Clear Passage, a manual physical therapy that uses no surgery or drugs. Adhesions are bands of internal scar tissue that form after surgery, trauma, infection, or inflammation; there is no way of preventing adhesion formation as the body heals from these events. Clearing an existing obstruction and preventing re-obstruction requires decreasing the adhesions.

You should seek immediate medical care as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms of an obstruction. There are also steps you can take, in conjunction with the care provided by your medical team, to manage a partial obstruction and reduce your chances of developing a complete obstruction.

How to Prevent Complete Bowel Obstruction Through Dietary Changes

You will want to either minimize or completely eliminate fiber from your diet, depending on the severity of your obstruction. Dietary fiber is the edible component of plant foods that humans are unable to digest. Reducing fiber intake limits the amount of undigested material that passes through the large intestine, which decreases bowel movements and helps to ease other symptoms such as abdominal pain.

The three main diet tracks outlined below can help bowel obstruction patients relieve and manage their symptoms. We encourage you to download our complete Digestive Health Guide for a step-by-step explanation of each diet plan.

Low-Fiber Diet

  • Cook vegetables thoroughly to minimize the amount of gas they produce after consumption.
  • Do not continue eating any foods that appear to make your symptoms worse.
  • If your symptoms improve, reintroduce a greater variety of foods into your diet one at a time, in conservative amounts. This will enable you to pinpoint foods that you cannot have.

Minimal Fiber Diet

  • Transition to this track from the Low-Fiber Diet if your bowel obstruction symptoms become worse or begin occurring more often.
  • This diet has less residue than the Low-Fiber Diet. However, if you continue to have abdominal or stomach pain and intestinal cramping while following this diet plan, you may need to work with your healthcare team to lower your residue intake even more.

Liquid Diet

  • Follow this diet, which has little to no residence, if you have severe symptoms with occasional or frequent vomiting after eating solid foods.
  • Avoid all solid foods when on a liquid diet.
  • Fluid intake is a crucial part of this diet track. Fluids are important for keeping your skin, eyes and the lining of your mouth moist, and for preventing dehydration.

Surgery and the Vicious Cycle

Our experience has shown us that surgery is not the solution for preventing future obstructions. The very surgery designed to remove the abdominal adhesions causing a patient to obstruct will almost always lead to more adhesions, leaving the patient trapped in a vicious cycle of adhesions-surgery-adhesions. Our therapy decreases adhesions without surgery, allowing patients to break the cycle and reclaim their lives.

Do you suffer from frequent, recurring bowel obstructions? Our therapists have helped many patients end the obstruction-surgery-obstruction cycle.

Schedule a free phone consultation with an expert therapist to learn about our non-surgical treatment for bowel obstruction.


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