The prognosis for intestinal obstruction repair is usually good if the surgery is done before the bowel tissue becomes damaged or dies. The time for recovery depends on the person’s health and the type of repair operation performed.
Advances in surgical skill and medical technology have made the risks of intestinal obstruction repair more rare. Some of the complications associated with the surgery include:
- New bowel obstructions following surgery
- Bleeding in the abdomen
- Leakage where the intestines are stitched together, leading to possibly fatal complications
- Damage to nearby organs
- Wound infection
- Formation of scar tissue leading to a new blockage
- Problems with the colostomy or ileostomy, the stoma or bag
In addition, patients should be aware of the risks of any type of surgery.
- Blood clots that form in the legs and travel to the lungs
- Heart attack
- Breathing problems
- Infection that may affect the lungs, urinary tract and stomach