Small bowel resection


A small bowel resection is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of part of the small intestine.

Commonly, a small bowel resection is indicated for:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Bowel ischaemia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Perforated bowel
  • Severe gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Bowel cancer
  • Benign tumours
  • Precancerous polyps

The two surgical techniques for a small bowel resection include:

  • Open surgery – where an incision is made through the skin and abdominal wall to remove the affected section of small intestine
  • Laparoscopic surgery – a less invasive procedure that uses three to four small incisions to access the small intestine

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