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Bowel obstruction surgery. Surgical team at work in the operating room. They are carrying out an exploratory laparotomy for small bowel obstruction. Loops of the small intestine are seen at centre. A laparotomy is a surgical procedure where a large incision is made through the abdominal wall to access the abdominal cavity. A bowel obstruction is a medical emergency where an obstruction occurs at any level below and including the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.
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