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Small bowel resection

This is surgery to remove part or all of your small bowel when it becomes blocked or diseased

About small bowel resection

This operation involves the removal of one or more segments of your small intestine. This is usually performed due to Crohn’s disease, adhesions (scar tissue) from previous surgery or complicated hernias.

Need to know

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    The operation will be performed under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep for the duration of it. It is most commonly performed laparoscopically (keyhole surgery). Your consultant will locate the diseased part of your small intestine and remove it. The remaining parts of the intestine will then be stitched together before closing the incisions using small stitches. The surgery usually takes between one and two hours.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for your procedure.
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    You will be discharged after five to seven days in hospital, depending on the rate of your recovery. It is not unusual to still have some pain after you have been discharged and you will have been discharged with pain relief medication. Ensure you try and eat a sensible diet with plenty of fluids, fresh fruit and vegetables. After you have had part of your bowel removed, it is not unusual for your motions to be looser than before and for you to need to open your bowels more frequently.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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