Originally Posted by DenverBroncosJM
So basically its really bad!
Not necessarily. If he required surgery for a bowel obstruction (which is what has been suggested) it is not a minor issue. Surgery is typically the cause for adhesions that cause bowel obstructions, so surgery tends to be the least desirable intervention and is reseved for patients with no other options. Sometimes a single adheshion can be taken down laparoscopically.. but sometimes it requires a bowel resection and possibly a large open incision.. or it can get much worse. This is what I do, and again its a spectrum from "no joke but uncomplicated" to "hostile abdomen and constant threat to life."