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Laparoscopic Bowel Resection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about laparoscopic bowel resection?

Laparoscopic bowel resection is surgery to remove all or parts of the small or large intestine (bowel). This is done to treat conditions such as intestinal bleeding, blockages, inflammation, or infections. It may also be done to remove large polyps (growths) or early signs of tumors in the intestines. The amount of intestine removed depends on the reason this surgery is needed. An ileostomy or colostomy may also be made. This is an opening in the abdomen to drain bowel movement into a bag.

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What health information do I need to give my surgeon?

How do I prepare for surgery?

What do I need to do the day before surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of laparoscopic bowel resection?

Problems may happen during your laparoscopic surgery that may lead to an open surgery. Your stomach, liver, intestines, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured during surgery. This may cause too much bleeding, or the bowel contents may leak. You could also have trouble breathing or an infection during or after surgery. You may also develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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