A strictureplasty repairs a stricture, or narrowing of the intestine, by widening the narrowed area without removing any portion of the intestine. This helps to preserve as much of the bowel as possible and minimizes the risk of developing short bowel syndrome.
Strictureplasty may result in a temporary ostomy depending on the location of the stricture. The ostomy may or may not be reversible depending on the patient’s individual situation and surgical outcome.
Written by Tina Aswani Omprakash. Medically reviewed and validated by Jordan Axelrad, MD, MPH. These webpages are funded by a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.