Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mesenteric Ischemia Treatment

Treatment for ischemic bowel disease may include anticoagulant medication and angioplasty. Treatment for severe ischemic bowel disease may include papaverine injection, which dilates the arteries that supply blood to the intestine, and surgery.

Treatment options for ischemic bowel disease include:

Treatment options for life-threatening ischemic bowel disease include:
  • Papaverine injection for bowel ischemia
    • Dilates the arteries supplying blood to the intestine
  • Surgery for bowel ischemia:
    • To open the artery that supplies the intestine

Mesenteric Ischemia Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for ischemic bowel disease.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Mesenteric Ischemia Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat ischemic bowel disease:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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