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    Bowel Obstruction: Stent Treatment

    Bowel Obstruction: Stent Treatment

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    In some cases of bowel obstruction , a doctor places expandable metal tubes called stents in the large intestine. Stents hold the intestine open to allow its contents to move forward. This helps restore bowel function and improve symptoms.

    Stents may be used to:

    • Help you gain strength before surgery.
    • Help prevent emergency surgery. Making large-intestine surgery less urgent may help avoid the need for a colostomy .
    • Treat an obstruction caused by inoperable cancer.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
    Last Revised April 29, 2013

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