—a scope is used to look at the large intestine
Ileus may go away on its own within 2 to 3 days. If the cause is known, it will need to be treated.
It can also be treated with:
Diet—You will get nutrients and fluids through an IV until you're better.
Nasogastric suction—A tube is placed through the nose and into the stomach. This will help ease pain and bloating.
Activity—You will need to move around on a regular basis.
Medicines—Antibiotics to treat certain infections. You may also have medicines to help the muscles move again. Some medicines causing problems may be stopped or changed.
Decompression—Pressure is eased during a colonoscopy.
Surgery—Rare, but may be needed if no other method works or there is a serious problem. It may include bringing part of the
intestine through the belly wall. Solid waste passes into a bag outside of the body.
There is no way to prevent ileus in some cases. If you’re having surgery, your healthcare team will take steps to help lower your chances of it.
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Intestinal obstruction and ileus. Patient website. Available at: https://patient.info/doctor/intestinal-obstruction-and-ileus. Updated April 23, 2014. Accessed August 15, 2018.
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Last Updated: 08/15/2018
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