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Intestinal Surgery - Know The Risks Involved!

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MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Laparoscopic, Burns & Plastic
General Surgeon, Delhi  •  31 years experience
Intestinal Surgery - Know The Risks Involved!

Cover small intestine is very significant in maintaining proper digestive health by jogging nutrients are fluids that be eat or drink. Yourself in delivering the waste products in the large intestine. This surgery which is the small bowel resection is done to remove part or the entire small bowel. This is basically done when part of our small bowel as blockage or when the diseased.

Importance of intestinal surgery or small bowel resection
There are several conditions which may affect our small bowel. Generally your doctor might advise you to remove a portion of your small bowel but in some cases a portion of your small Bible might have to be removed to confirm that a disease have been ruled out if tissue diagnosis might be required. Some situations where you may require surgery involves:

  1. Severe ulcers that develops in the small bowel leads to bleeding and in some cases infection also
  2. A situation where there is either a congenital blockage in the intestine or maybe from a scar tissue
  3. Cancer is an obvious option
  4. Some injuries to the small bowel is an obvious situation
  5. In some cases there may be a pocket of intestines present there since birth
  6. Several diseases which cause inflammation in the small bowel

Risks Involving Small Bowel Resection
It is very obvious that any kind of surgery has some potential risks so does the small Bowel resection, which includes which includes:

  1. There maybe some difficulty in breathing
  2. Infections are very common
  3. There might be some damage in the structures surrounding it
  4. There maybe case a of heart attack
  5. Abnormal bleeding
  6. Bleeding resulting in blood clots
  7. Pneumonia
  8. Bleeding in the stomach area
  9. The abdomen might start collecting pass which is known as intra abdominal abscess
  10. If the intestinal blockage is formed by a scar tissue then it requires more surgery
  11. They might be problems while absorbing the vitamins and nutrients which is commonly known as short bowel syndrome
  12. Due to some infections diarrhoea is always a frequent risk.

A Long-term Outlook after small bowel resection A majority of people have recovered well from the surgery. You can definitely resume your normal day to day activities even if you had ileostomy and you are required to carry a drainage bag. Diarrhoea might still be a concern for you if you had a big section of your bowel removed and you still might have problem in digesting foods. Inflammatory diseases might still require for the medication.

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