The small intestines are very important for maintaining good digestive health. Also called the small bowel, they absorb nutrients and fluid that you eat or drink. They also deliver waste products to the large intestine.
Problems with function can put your health at risk. You may need surgery to remove a damaged section of your small intestines if you have intestinal blockages or other bowel diseases. This surgery is called a small bowel resection.
General anesthesia is necessary for this surgery. You’ll be asleep and pain-free during the operation. Depending upon the reason for surgery, the procedure can take between one and eight hours.
There are two main types of small bowel resection: open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.