Small bowel resection surgery may be performed as a laparoscopic surgery, open surgery, or robotic surgery.
During laparoscopic surgery, a series of tiny incisions will be made on your abdomen near the small intestine. Then, your surgeon will insert small surgical instruments into these incisions to perform the surgery—including a tiny camera that provides a clear view of your insides. Laparoscopic surgery is far less invasive than open surgery and has the added benefits of less downtime, faster recovery, and fewer complications.
During open surgery, one long incision is made across your abdomen to access the small intestine. This surgical method is usually only performed if you are not eligible for laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
Robotic surgery is highly similar to laparoscopic surgery, except robotic arms and instruments are used instead of human hands to access areas that may otherwise be difficult to reach.
Regardless of the method used to perform your surgery, you will receive local or general anesthesia to avoid feeling any pain during the procedure. After the diseased tissues are removed from your gastrointestinal tract, your surgeon will close and cover your incisions with dressings.