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Endoluminal Stenting for Large Bowel Obstruction

Endoluminal stenting is a minimally invasive approach to treating large bowel obstructions. In this procedure, a self-expanding wire mesh tube is placed at the site of a blockage in the large bowel, holding open the bowel and alleviating the obstruction. Endoluminal stents:

  • Can be a bridge to surgery, alleviating the immediate blockage while helping the patient delay the need for more significant surgery
  • Are used as a palliative option for patients with advanced cancer
  • Help patients avoid colostomy

Endoluminal Stenting in Central Massachusetts

UMass Memorial Medical Center is among only a handful of hospitals in New England providing endoluminal stenting for large bowel obstruction. Our fellowship-trained surgeons are practiced at this very specialized technique.