Dr Oz: Small Bowel Obstruction: What Is It?


Dr Oz: Small Bowel Obstruction Causes

According to Dr Oz, Small Bowel Obstruction happens to 33 percent of people who have had stomach surgeries, such as hysterectomies and C-sections.  In this segment, Dr Oz brought up an audience member to the stage to demonstration what this condition is and why it happens.

An audience member joined Dr Oz on stage for a Small Bowel Obstruction demonstration.  The audience member wore a sign labeled, Dr Oz Small Bowel Obstructions“Bowel Movement.”  Dr Oz was even nice enough to give her a brown hat to place on her head.  She was to crawl through a tunnel that was labeled, “The Intestinal Track.”  She crawled through with ease.


  1. says

    I had for two months a horrible pain starting in lower back to righthand side of near groin
    I was at emergency for 15 hours had gallstone test and many others Because of
    the horrible pain i was put on strong painkillers which made constipation a problem.
    I was sent home
    15 hours later at 3 a.m. with instructions to take a laxative they prescribed. The pain
    was like sciatica and labor pains
    I went home fixed the constipation and had the horrible pain for two more weeks. I
    used those slimming beltsand ice to sleep. Then one morning it just went away.
    I live in fear of it coming bak.

  2. Florence says

    I have had 4 abdominal surgeries. One was a hysterectomy. The scars on the outside of my stomach look worse than a fish that was gutted. For several years now the doctor has treated me for IBS lactose intolerance and now He wants me to have a colonoscopy for diverticulitus. Colon cancer runs in my family and that worries me. I am tired of all these medications and still the doctor dosen´t know what is wrong! Flo

  3. says

    6 months ago I had a double lower spine fusion, I was cut from belly button to pubic bone. I assume my bowels were “repositioned” in some manner to do the fusion. For the last 6 months I have experienced bloating, nausea, cramping, vomitting & constipation. Not all the time, but enough to be a problem in my life and activities. Could that surgery result in the scarring and adhesions mentioned? If so, what can I do about it & what kind of dr should I see?

  4. Sheryl M says

    My son at 14 was in a car accident which severed his duodenum. After a 11 week recovery period normal function began. At 20, he started experiencing many episodes of severe abdominal pain, bloating, and vomiting. At 25, complete bowel obstruction from adhesions and had emergency surgery. Now at 27, he continues to live with chronic pain. Doctors have put him through numerous tests and all have come down to he is a healthy young man with adhesions. More surgery would worsen situation because it would cause even more adhesions. We are now researching all non-traditional modes of therapy to improve his chronic pain from intestinal adhesions.

  5. Everett F. says

    i have had crohns for about 15 years and couldnt break the 160 lb. mark. If you have this or anything like it that causes weight loss,and you dont need it, i have an idea. I have been eating “snack packs” for about 3 weeks, and i am almost 190!! Most of crohns patients have a weight loss problem, but these will put weight on you!! I had surgery for the 1st time in 09 and 2 more the next year. I either could tolerate these pudding cups before or the surgery did something positive(as far as im told, nothing changed or was removed but my appendix.i hope this will put weight on you too. Just start eating pudding constantly if your crohns allows.

  6. Cindy Davis says

    I started having bowel obstructions a month after my hysterectomy. That was eight yrs. ago and my life has never been the same. I have had several more obstructions , which most have required surgery, and those that didn’t required gastric tube and Nothing,even, water,for at least a week. I have had “adhesion cleanup” surgery….the dr. told me he wished he could put a zipper in me because this would have to be cleaned up again in several yrs. As a result of being sick so much, I lost my job and insurance..I was denied disability but I am awaiting an appeal date. ….does anyone have any suggestions? I am only 46 but look/feel 80. I am sooo sick of being sick, and so tired of people telling me to just take a laxative. I stay bloated, nauseated, no energy, and in pain EVERY DAY/NIGHT of my life….I am desperate for relief and am open to suggestions.

  7. Cindy Davis says

    I forgot to include that 4 yrs. ago I had eight feet of matted intestine removed. According to drs. now I have short bowel syndrome…you would think I wouldn’t get constipated. I also had an appendectomy/hernia repair , gall bladder removed. I also have had surgery for scolosis twice and a c-section 19 yrs. ago.

  8. says

    I just went through a painful SBO and am on the 4th day of recovery after a 5 day hospitalization. Is it normal for bowels to be neon yellow? If this is normal what is the cause. I have stayed on low fiber diet but seem to not be able to eat much. I am terrified it will happen again. I have found improvement just in 24 hours by taking the Florastor supplement. I think all of my good bacteria was depleted by a 14 day course of antibiotics. Anyone who can back this up?

  9. Kim says

    I’ve had Crohns Disease for 17 years now, diagnosed at the age of 15 due to a Bowel.Obstruction which caused terrible pain for about 6 months going undetected. Until perforation one night which landed me in the OR for major surgery, resection of my terminal ileum (small bowel). 6 years later I had pain again caused by adhesions and went under the knife. I currently have a partial bowel obstruction that has been a living hell and once again due to adhesions. My doctor had been reluctant tio do surgery being that it will only create more adhesions, I have it is been suffering terribly with vomiting, malaise, pain, bathroom problems, and more lovely side effects.I said to myself the last time I had this surgery that I would rather die than go thru it ever again but 12 years later and I’m about to.go under the knife again yet excitedly because I want to be pain free again and have another 10+ years of happy,healthy feeling. It’s insane what adhesions can do, these “scars” are just never fully heal, in a sense.

  10. Shelli Trasp says

    I am 42 yrs old. In 2009 I was in a vehicle accident hit by a Mac Truck. I had internal bleeding so they had to give me a lot of blood, and remove half of my small bowel an part of my colon. I also had a hole in my diaphragm, so they had to do a thoricotomy. The whole right side flank area was blown out, and I have had two abdominal wall reconstructive surgery. My cervical spine,thoracic, and lower lumbar are very bad. Before the accident I had a complete hysterectomy, and gall bladder removed. I am in constant pain. Sometimes when I have a bowel movement or if I bend over I have this feeling like my insides are flipping, and tangling up it hurts so bad, and takes my breath away. Doctors tell me nothing. They do say I should be dead due to my injuries, and there is nothing more they can do.

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