Small bowel resection is surgery to remove part or all of your small bowel. It is done when part of your small bowel is blocked or diseased.
The small bowel is also called the small intestine. Most digestion (breaking down and absorbing nutrients) of the food you eat takes place in the small intestine.
Small intestine surgery; Bowel resection - small intestine; Resection of part of the small intestine; Enterectomy
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- You will have three to five small cuts in your lower belly. The surgeon will pass a camera and medical instruments through these cuts.
- You may also have a cut of about 2 to 3 inches if your surgeon needs to put a hand inside your belly to feel the intestine or remove the diseased segment.
- Your belly will be filled with gas to expand it. This makes it easy for the surgeon to see and work.
If you have open surgery, you will probably have a cut about 6 inches long in your mid-belly.
- Your surgeon will locate the part of your small intestine that is diseased.
- Then your surgeon will put clamps on both ends of this part to close it off.
- The surgeon will remove the diseased part.
In both kinds of surgery:
Review Date: 01/24/2011
Reviewed By: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD, Specializing in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.