Intestinal Obstruction Treatments

Treatment for intestinal obstruction will vary depending on the location and severity of the blockage. In almost all cases, you will need to let your bowel rest. This may involve eating a soft, low-fiber diet. If you are hospitalized, you will receive IV fluids and nutritional support.

Other treatments may include:

  • Medications: Your physician may change any medications that are causing low motility. He or she may also prescribe pain medication, antibiotics to treat any infection, or medication that helps increase the contractions in your intestines.
  • Surgery: In serious cases, you may need surgery to remove the blockage and fix any damage to the intestinal tissue. Minimally invasive surgery may be performed during a colonoscopy.