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Resection Defined


Updated June 15, 2014

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Definition: Resection is the medical term for surgically removing part or all of a tissue, structure or organ. One very common type of resection is a small bowel resection, a procedure where one or more segments of the small intestine is removed.

A resection can be performed on many different areas of the body and is done for a wide variety of reasons.

Also Known As: resect, resected, surgical resection, resection surgery,
When a mass was found on the patient's liver, the surgeon recommended a liver resection.
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