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    Bowel Obstruction: Stent Treatment - Topic Overview

    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:

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    • 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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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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