What causes an ileus?
Ileus means that the intestines are not moving correctly and cannot push food through the digestive system. Surgery is a common cause of ileus, but medications, cystic fibrosis, other health issues, injuries, and infections can also cause the condition.
How long can ileus last?
Normally, paralytic ileus passes within a few days. If it lasts more than five days, your healthcare provider may investigate further to see if there’s something else going on. Most cases improve without medication.
Does ileus require hospitalization?
All people with an ileus are treated in the hospital. To treat your symptoms and help you feel better, your doctor may do one or more of the following: Give you fluids and nutrition through an IV (a small tube that goes into your vein), this will prevent you from becoming dehydrated.
How long does it take an ileus to resolve?
Prognosis is generally good as postoperative ileus typically resolves within one to three days after diagnosis with supportive care.
What should I eat if I have an ileus?
- Mashed or boiled potatoes, or instant mashed potato.
- Mash the inside of a jacket potato with butter and soft filling (no skin)
- Tinned spaghetti or ravioli.
- Pasta with a smooth creamy sauce.
- White rice with plenty of sauce.
What medications is used for ileus?
Peripherally selective opioid antagonists are an option for the treatment of postoperative ileus. Methylnaltrexone (Relistor) and alvimopan (Entereg) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
How long does it take for ileus to resolve?
Can you pass gas if you have ileus?
The intestines will often start working again in a few days. Signs of this include being able to pass gas or have a bowel movement. As your intestines start working, you will switch slowly from a liquid diet back to solid foods. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety.