Ileus Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Ileus treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Ileus

If ileus was caused by surgery, it will usually resolve within 48 to 72 hours. In other cases, the disease that caused the ileus needs to be treated. This may involve adjusting the dose of a medication or replacing electrolytes.

Other treatments may be used to help ease symptoms. These may include:

Diet Limitation

Patients who suffer from ileus should not be fed until the ileus has resolved.

Nasogastric Suction (NG Tube)

A tube is inserted through the nose and into the stomach to remove digestive fluids. This will help relieve pain and bloating.

Intravenous Fluids and Electrolytes

Fluids are given by vein to avoid dehydration. Electrolytes are given by vein to help the ileus resolve.


There are medications that increase peristalsis (ie, neostigmine, tegaserod) that can be used in selected patients to help ileus resolve.

Colonoscopic Decompression

A flexible tube may be inserted into the colon to relieve pressure.


Rarely, surgery is required to remove the part of the bowels affected.


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