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Excision of Meckel’s Diverticulum

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A Meckel’s diverticulectomy or excision of Meckel’s Diverticulum is a surgery in which a small pouch from the lining of the small intestine (a birth defect) is removed. Under general anesthesia, a laparoscope (a thin, lighted, camera-carrying tube) is inserted through small incisions made in the abdomen. Carbon dioxide may be used to fill up and expand the abdomen to facilitate better visualization. Alternately, in open surgery, a large abdominal incision is made. Either way, the pouch is removed, normally without damaging the small intestine. The remaining healthy tissues are stitched together.