This surgery uses small instruments and a camera to remove a section of the small bowel through several small cuts in the abdomen.
A laparoscopic resection of the small bowel is a surgery that uses small medical instruments and a camera to remove a section of the small bowel. The instruments are inserted into three or five small cuts in the abdomen. It is also known as a laparoscopic resection of the small intestine.
A laparoscopic resection of your small bowel may be recommended if you have a blockage, a hole, or severe disease in your small intestines. These diseases include:
There are times when the surgeon cannot perform the surgery through a laparoscope. In these cases, the diseased part of the small intestine needs to be removed through a larger incision in the abdomen (also called an open procedure).
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
Contact your healthcare provider if you are having symptoms that may be related to any part of your bowels. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and how long you have had them.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a small intestine resection?
Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and for help at home.
Before you go home, make sure you understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects), what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider after discharge and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also communicate with your primary care physician.
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