Title

Early postoperative small bowel obstruction: A review.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2020

Abstract

Early postoperative small bowel obstruction (ESBO) is a challenging problem. Although it is usually amenable to non-operative management, a significant proportion of patients will require re-operation. Certain causes of ESBO and types of index procedures should prompt consideration for early re-operation. A laparoscopic approach during the index operation, certain barrier agents and closure of mesenteric defects in bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of ESBO. There is no consensus regarding an acceptable length of time for initial non-operative management of ESBO but re-operation beyond two weeks may be associated with increased complications.

Publication Title

American journal of surgery

First Page

535

Last Page

539

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