Acute Care Surgery

Emergency General Surgery: Small Bowel Obstructions

Activity Details
  • Credit Type: CME
  • Credit Amount: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Oct 17, 2018
  • Expires: Oct 16, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
    (2 Ratings)


Vijay Jayaraman Vijay Jayaraman, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
UCONN School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Quinnipiac Netter School of Medicine
North Haven, Connecticut

Needs Statement

There are several cases of small bowel obstruction each year. We have come a long way from “not letting the sun rise or set” on a patient with bowel obstruction. There have been advances in laparoscopy, imaging and perioperative care that have greatly improved overall outcomes of this mostly adhesive related disease that can be vexing to the surgeon at times. The presentation reviews the current surgical and non operative management of small bowel obstruction.

Target Audience

Physicians and other medical professionals who take care of bowel obstruction.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical presentation of small bowel obstruction
  • Describe the indications for immediate operation
  • Explain the role of laparoscopy in the management of bowel obstruction
  • Articulate the modalities for successful non-operative management of bowel obstruction


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker, planners or content reviewers have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Content review confirmed that the content was developed in a fair, balanced manner free from commercial bias. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.