Laparoscopic surgery is basically suitable for all operations on the small intestine, as these generally involve inflammatory diseases and adhesions. Tumors are seldom seen, but can also be treated laparoscopically. Even ileus (bowel obstruction) can be dealt with laparoscopically, at least in early stages. Painful adhesions are especially well suited for laparoscopy, since this treatment involves only minimal tissue damage and a small wound surface, lessening the likelihood of recurrences.
Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease can sometimes require surgery. The diseased intestinal loops or strictures are best removed laparoscopically, as tissue damage will be minimal with that approach.
An artificial small and large intestine can be installed laparoscopically, and the reverse operation can also be performed with this approach.