Surgery for
intestinal perforation

Intestinal perforation is a condition in which a whole forms in the stomach and small intestine.

What are the symptoms of intestinal perforation?

Following are the symptoms of intestinal perforation:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High fever and chills
  • Urinary issues
  • Obstructed passage of stools
  • High heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness

What are the causes of

intestinal perforations?

Following are the causes of intestinal perforations:

  • Gallstones
  • Appendicitis
  • Infection in the gallbladder
  • Bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Gastrointestinal cancer

How are intestinal perforations


Intestinal perforations are diagnosed using imaging scans like x rays, CT scans and MRI scans.

They can also be detected using tests for acid values in the blood. Assessing kidney and liver function; hemoglobin levels which may indicate blood loss.

What are the treatments available for the


In almost all cases surgery is necessary for closing the perforations. The main aim of the surgery is to fix the causes for peritonitis and anatomical problems and remove foreign objects that have caused the perforation.

Sometimes part of the intestine is also removed, this procedure is called colostomy. During this procedure a part of the intestine is diverted to create a stoma.

How to long does it take to


The recovery period of the surgery is six to eight months. The doctor will advise bed rest for about a month since it’s a major procedure.

The stoma is temporary and might be removed after some time.

If there are any post surgery complications then it is better to get in touch with the doctor.

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