Small Bowel Resection

A surgical operation on the removal a part or the whole small intestine is known as the small bowel resection. It can be used to treat cancer and precancerous diagnose. It can also be used to treat diseases that are non-cancerous, such as severe ulcers, excessive bleeding, small intestine injury, certain birth defects among others.

Read this article to know more about small bowel resection. Contact your doctor to ask for an expert opinion if you need to undergo this surgical operation.

Small Bowel ResectionTypes of bowel resection

Ileectomy resection; where the ileum is taken out

Duodenectomy resection; where duodenum is taken out

Jejunostomy resection; where jejunum is taken out

Some risks of small resection

Heart attacks 

Breathing difficulties 

Blood clotting



Reaction to anesthesia 

Harm to close organs

Bowel obstruction

And Short bowel syndrome 


The extent of the surgical procedure determines the recovery of a patient. Utmost a week stay in hospital is required. After the operation is done a nasogastric tube and the urinary catheter will be in place.

Medical recommendation to prevent risks and pain conditions at home after medication

Don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for a month. Avoid driving while under narcotic pain medication. Avoid strenuous activities for one month to one and a half month. Don’t take 7-9 glasses of water in a day. Avoid straining to intend to have a bowel movement. Talk to your health provider about getting your surgical incision wet, diet, shower, sexual activity as they are recommended.

Things needed at home

Loose underwear and clothes

Stoma care and incision supplies that are medically fit to operate

Thermometer for infection checking

Urgent need of a doctor

Leg swelling

Breathing difficulties and chest pain

Bleeding, pain, redness, swelling, drainage or incision warmth

Bloody, tarry or black passing of bowel movements 

Vomiting or nausea

How to take measures

Ensure you have a friend or a family member to take care of you till you get well. Strictly follow doctor’s prescriptions. Taking enough rest and deep breaths to manage pain, enhance good drainage of lymphatic fluid and keep your lungs healthy.

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