Causes of Bowel Obstruction
Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is usually caused by adhesions that occur in the small intestines (small bowels). Post-surgical adhesions are the leading cause of blockage in the small intestines; they cause 60% of all small bowel obstructions. SBO is quite prevalent, and it accounts for 20% of all acute surgical admissions in the USA.1
Adhesions and Bowel Obstruction
Adhesion formation in the small bowel is generally a gradual process. Adhesions form in the bowel after surgery, inflammation or infection, and can partially or totally block the intestines over time.
While total small bowel obstruction is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate hospitalization, recent data shows that partial bowel obstruction may be reversible by a program of physical therapy designed to decrease or eliminate adhesions. Thus, the progression to total obstruction and surgery may be delayed or eliminated by non-surgical means.
Adhesions formation is often a gradual process that occurs after a trauma, surgery, infection or inflammation.
Surgical Treatment May Cause Recurring Obstructions
Historically, partial bowel obstruction often led to total bowel obstruction, followed by emergency surgery. Since surgery is also the leading cause of bowel obstruction, many patients found themselves in an ongoing cycle of surgery-adhesions-surgery as both surgeon and patient tried to cope with the near-inevitable formation of adhesions after surgery. Surgeons use various methods to try to decrease reformation of adhesions, but ongoing studies yielding statistics like those above show that post-surgical adhesion prevention remains an elusive goal.
Non-Surgical Treatment: The Wurn Technique
A new manual physical therapy called the Wurn Technique is designed to reduce or eliminate adhesions. This therapy is helping people who suffer recurrent small bowel obstruction or abdominal adhesions break the cycle of surgery and adhesions, and return to a pain-free, functional lifestyle – without surgery.
Patient Shares Success Story
VIDEO: A previous patient shares his story of overcoming bowel obstruction after being treated with the Wurn Technique at Clear Passage Physical Therapy. Click to watch.
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