Bowel Obstruction w/stent placement

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Bowel Obstruction w/stent placement

by j9581 on Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:00 AM

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I just found out that someone in my extended family who has stage four, inoperable colon cancer has a bowel obstruction from the tumor and is having a stent put in to alleviate the blockage.

Has anyone had this procedure, or knows someone who has had this procedure and can answer some of my questions?  I am not really close enough to this person or their immediate family to ask them what might be interpreted as probing questions about their medical care, especially at such a difficult time, but ever since their diagnosis, I've been hearing bits and pieces of information about what's going on through the family grapevine, and I've found myself doing a lot of research online. This is the first family member I've ever known to be diagnosed with cancer and I guess I'm just trying to understand what's going on and what they're going through. I've found a lot of information in medical journals and places like that, but they only describe the clinical aspects of the stent placement, not what a patient experiences.

So, here are my questions: 

1) How long does the actual procedure for the stent placement usually take and how long will they have to be in the hospital before and after?

2) Am I correct in thinking that since the stent is put in during something like a colonoscopy, the anesthesia they use is like what's used in dental procedures (like wisdom tooth removal) and not what they use during full out surgery? 

3) Is the situation or the procedure serious enough that they'll have to be in the ICU before or after the procedure?

4) Will a nastrogastric tube still have to be used before they put the stent in? If so, is it really, really uncomfortable?

5) How soon after will they be able to eat again? 

RE: Bowel Obstruction w/stent placement

by alikizac on Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 10/31/2007 j9581 wrote:

I just found out that someone in my extended family who has stage four, inoperable colon cancer has a bowel obstruction from the tumor and is having a stent put in to alleviate the blockage.

Has anyone had this procedure, or knows someone who has had this procedure and can answer some of my questions?  I am not really close enough to this person or their immediate family to ask them what might be interpreted as probing questions about their medical care, especially at such a difficult time, but ever since their diagnosis, I've been hearing bits and pieces of information about what's going on through the family grapevine, and I've found myself doing a lot of research online. This is the first family member I've ever known to be diagnosed with cancer and I guess I'm just trying to understand what's going on and what they're going through. I've found a lot of information in medical journals and places like that, but they only describe the clinical aspects of the stent placement, not what a patient experiences.

So, here are my questions: 

1) How long does the actual procedure for the stent placement usually take and how long will they have to be in the hospital before and after?

2) Am I correct in thinking that since the stent is put in during something like a colonoscopy, the anesthesia they use is like what's used in dental procedures (like wisdom tooth removal) and not what they use during full out surgery? 

3) Is the situation or the procedure serious enough that they'll have to be in the ICU before or after the procedure?

4) Will a nastrogastric tube still have to be used before they put the stent in? If so, is it really, really uncomfortable?

5) How soon after will they be able to eat again? 


My father had a stent placed in his colon in May shortly after his diagnosis. It is not a long term solution as it cannot stay in the bowel for a long period of time. He is actually going to have resection surgery in a few weeks b/c he is having complications with the stent and it has been 6 months. At that time they will remove the stent.

He was in the hospital for approximately 4-5 days. He also had a 2nd procedure done while he was there.

There wasn't any incisions, so yes it is similar to a colonscopy.

No, not serious enough for ICU.

 He didn't experience much discomfort afterwards

24-48 hours before he could eat anything solid

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