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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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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Current as ofAugust 9, 2016

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