Long Term Impact After Bowel Resection?
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As explained by the doctor in your previous thread, bowel resection is a procedure performed by cutting out part of the intestine (either small intestine or large intestine). This procedure can be done for the treatment of several cases, such as cancer, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, intestinal obstruction, massive bleeding, and so on.
If the bowel resection is only performed on a small segment of the intestine (not too wide), then postoperative digestive disturbances are generally only temporary. However, it is different if the resection is carried out by involving a fairly large segment of the intestine. In this condition, prolonged diarrhea and impaired absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract are very common complaints. This is because, the function of the gastrointestinal tract, which was previously divided into a fairly large surface, must be reduced to a narrower surface. However, over time, with proper handling and diet, it is hoped that the gastrointestinal tract will adapt itself to these changes. So, not the size that will extend back.
Until now, it is not common to perform an artificial bowel or bowel transplant procedure to treat digestive disorders that often appear in patients after bowel resection. The treatment that can be done so far is limited to adjusting the diet so as not to create an excessive burden on the gastrointestinal tract. This is also done to train the gastrointestinal tract in adapting to changes in its surface area which is decreasing.
That's our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with a sub-digestive surgeon who treats patients..
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah