A stricture is a narrowing of a section of the intestine that causes problems by slowing or blocking the movement of food through the area. Strictures, which are caused by recurrent inflammation, can lead to hospitalization and also to surgery to correct them.
Causes and symptoms of strictures:
Strictures are formed primarily because of inflammatory bowel diseases like Tuberculosis, Ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease. They may also develop due to tumors, adhesions and radiation therapy. The common symptoms that can occur are:
There are two ways to perform the surgery:
Laparoscopic surgery: Two to three small incisions are made in the abdomen and laparoscope is used for performing the surgery.The surgeon locates the stricture and treats it surgically. Compromised section of the intestine is removed and the healthy ends are rejoined with staples or stitches
Open surgery: A large surgical cut is made across the left or middle of the abdomen.