This surgery involves the removal of part of the small intestine through an incision in the abdomen. It is also known as an enterectomy.
An upper intestine removal involves the removal of part of the small intestine (bowel) through an incision in the abdomen. It is also known as an enterectomy.
A resection of your small intestine may be recommended if you have a blockage that cannot be removed, severe disease of the small intestines (e.g., infection, inflammation, death of bowel tissue due to blockage of blood supply, bleeding), tumors or growths (benign or cancerous), or an injury to the small intestine.
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.
After the surgery, your nurse will help you get out of bed as soon as possible. This can decrease the risk of post-operative complications, like blood clots and infection.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a resection of my small intestine?
After your surgery, you should know what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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