There's a big difference between an SBO that requires surgery, an SBO that requires hospitalization, and and SBO that requires you to drink some fruit juice and rub your belly. As far as I know the former two really are NOT that common. Most SBOs resolve on their own and even if you are unlucky enough to experience one, you will figure out your own ways to work it out. I never had an SBO with my end ileo; with my loop ileo I probably had about
five, but I was never close to going to the hospital.
In the event that you ever do have an SBO that requires visiting the hospital, I felt a lot better having this UOAA blockage info card to carry in my wallet: http://www.ostomy.org/ostomy_info/pubs/blockage_card.pdf (it also has instructions for homecare and when to go to the ER)
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13