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Before and after small intestine anastomosis

In all cases of intestinal obstruction, the intestine involved is carefully examined. If any parts of
the intestine look unhealthy from lack of blood flow during the period of obstruction, they are
removed and the healthy ends are reconnected.
A patient's recovery depends on the cause of the intestinal obstruction and the length of time prior
to relief of the obstruction. The outcome is usually good if the obstruction is treated before
damage (ischemia) or death (necrosis) of the bowel occurs.
Update Date: 10/16/2006