Posted 11/25/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)
Blockages occur because there has been a narrowing of the intestine from surgery. They rate from minor (partial) to major (full) and for most people occur more frequently in the first year post surgery. I have had several partial obstructions which I have managed at home. There are things you can do to try to avoid blockages but even by being careful you might still have them. Always chew food well and drink water after eating. Get regular exercise (walking is ideal), and try to see if there are patterns to your obstuctions. Mine were always caused by fiberous foods (oranges, pineapple, etc). I never avoided eating them but paid more attention to chewing them after I experienced a partial obstruction. Obstructions happen to both ostomates, jpouchers, and anyone else that might have had abdominal surgery.