Laparoscopic bowel resection is a type of surgery. It removes a part of your intestine. It uses very small cuts, called incisions.
To do this surgery, a doctor puts a lighted tube through incisions in your belly. This tube is called a scope. It lets your doctor see your organs. Next, he or she puts special tools through the tube to take out part of your intestine. Then the doctor puts the healthy parts of your intestine back together.
You may have this surgery if your intestine is damaged or blocked. Crohn's disease and cancer can cause these kinds of problems. Diverticulitis can also cause them.
You will probably stay in the hospital for about 3 to 5 days. You may be able to do your normal activities in 2 to 4 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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