Stomach & small bowel
The stomach and small bowel – also known as the small intestine – are critical parts of the digestive tract. The stomach is lined with muscles that contract to aid in food digestion, which also involves breaking down of the food with acids. The small bowel is the part of your body where the majority of digestion takes place. As the food you’re digesting passes through this part of the digestive tract, the nutrients and calories are absorbed. Although the bowel is about the width of one finger, it is a very long organ and stretches out about 22 feet.
What conditions could need stomach or small bowel surgery?
Surgery on the stomach can include any type of bariatric procedure, which you can learn more about here. It can also be related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which involves the stomach acid coming out of the stomach. There are also hernias involving the stomach, and we offer surgical repair for those.
Sometimes a part of the small bowel becomes diseased or blocked, and needs to be removed. Either all or part of the small bowel can be removed in procedure called a small bowel resection. At Middlesex Surgical Associates, we offer stomach and small bowel surgery to treat a variety of conditions including bleeding, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, polyps, and injury.