Surgical decisions in the laparoscopic management of small bowel obstruction: report on two cases.

General Surgery Service, United States Air Force (USAF) Hospital, Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah 84050, USA.
Journal of laparoendoscopic surgery 05/1996; 6(2):117-2. DOI: 10.1089/lps.1996.6.117
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ABSTRACT Laparoscopic management of bowel obstruction secondary to adhesions presents a difficult challenge for the general surgeon. The surgical management of two such cases is reported here: one patient with recurrent abdominal pain secondary to partial bowel obstruction, the other with acute small bowel obstruction. Surgical decision-making and technical aspects of the procedures are described. With careful patient selection and meticulous technique laparoscopic resolution of bowel obstruction may be feasible and should be attempted.