Bowel obstructions, or blockages, can occur in colostomies but are far more common with ileostomies. An obstruction is usually caused by eating something fibrous or difficult to digest, such as popcorn, celery, or tough meats (see section on nutrition). Eating quickly, not chewing food well enough, or introducing solid foods after surgery can result in a bowel blockage. Blockages can be mild and resolve themselves, or they may be extremely painful and require hospitalization. It’s essential to know how to avoid them, identify them if you think you have one, and what to do should you experience a blockage. Be alert to the early signs and symptoms of bowel obstruction.