Bowel Resection is the surgical resection of the small or large intestine. It can be performed laparoscopically (key-hole surgery) or as an open procedure under general anaesthesia depending on the nature/extent/location of the disease and other patient-related factors. In the case of large bowel (colon), it is most commonly performed to remove colonic cancer. The conditions that may require “elective” bowel resections in the non-emergency setting are as follows:
- Cancer in the colon and rectum
- Diverticular disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or Ulcerative colitis)
- Recurrent volvulus (twisting of bowel)
- Symptomatic Meckel’s diverticulum
- Neuroendocrine tumours of small/large bowel
For further information, please consult your surgeon for more details regarding your specific condition and the operative treatment required.