My husband had a routine colonoscopy (the results were normal except for a very few diverticuli in the lower descending colon). A week later, he was in the ER with a small-bowel obstruction several inches above where the small intestines join the colon. Long story short, the obstruction resolved on its own and he was released 4 days later when he was able to tolerate liquids and the doctor was certain he would not need surgery. The doctor believes the obstruction was actually a kink in the small intestine, and once it was emptied and allowed to relax without any more food or drink going in, the kink resolved on its own. Back home, he tolerated easily-digestible foods very well (yogurt smoothies, V8-like vegetable juice, pureed lentil soup), and now is back to eating regular foods making wise choices and eating smaller portions, and doing very well.
It would be nice if they gave him written discharge instructions to read at home after all the sedation has worn off, including Do's and Don'ts and suggestions of foods to eat and avoid the first 1-2 days, and an explanation of why. That could prevent a week in the hospital, tons of radiation, painful tube down the throat, morphine, exposure to germs, and even surgery and all the complications that can follow that.
So, this message contains a warning and some questions:
WARNING: Eat light, avoid heavy foods, and do a lot of walking around when you get home.
Questions: Were any of you sent home with written instructions? Is this complication more common in people with IBS (even a "mild" case like his)?