Bradenton small bowel operations are procedures used to remove part of the small intestine in patients with bowel diseases or intestinal blockages. Also known as a small bowel resection, this type of operation is usually required when a section of the small bowel has become diseased and is causing pain, discomfort or risks that outweigh the benefit of its function. Depending on the cause for surgery, patients who undergo this procedure may experience improvement in pre-surgical symptoms, such as bleeding, infections or pain from ulcers or blockages.
Did you know…
the small intestine is approximately 20 feet long in the average adult? At just one inch wide, the small bowel’s job is to absorb nutrients from food as it passes through the intestine. Though the small intestine is the only part of the digestive system that is essential for survival, some people suffer with small bowel problems or diseases that require resectioning. Fortunately, the small bowel can continue to do its job even after a portion of it has been removed.
Small bowel resection procedures are used to treat a number of different diseases and conditions, some of the most common of which are Crohn’s disease, cancer and small intestine blockages caused by the accumulation of scar tissue or a congenital deformity. In some cases, the surgery may also be used to treat a small bowel injury or remove non-cancerous tumors and precancerous polyps.
With today’s medical technology, small bowel resection procedures can be performed laparoscopically with robotic assistance instead of through open surgery. Instead of one long 6-inch abdominal incision, which leaves an unsightly scar and takes longer to heal, a laparoscopic surgery is performed from the outside of the body through a series of three to five small incisions in the lower abdomen. While the recovery period is similar in both procedures, patients who undergo laparoscopic bowel surgery may have less post-operative pain than those who have open surgery.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery, which can last between one and four hours. A lighted camera and various medical instruments are passed through the incisions to remove the diseased intestine. In most cases the remaining ends of healthy intestine are attached together, though some patients require a short term or permanent ileostomy instead.
All patients will need to spend a few days in the hospital recovering after the procedure. During this time, it will be necessary to eat a modified diet of clear liquids, slowly adding thicker fluids and soft foods as the bowel starts to function. In some cases, liquid nutrition may be necessary temporarily until the small bowel can begin working again.