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This study investigated readmission, reoperation, and other outcomes following palliative stent or stoma operation for bowel obstruction due to colorectal cancer in New York State, both in-hospital and long-term (90 days and 1 year). It was found that patients living closer to high-volume centers were more likely to undergo a stenting procedure. Patients who underwent stenting had lower rates of in-hospital death and of procedural complications than those who underwent stoma creation. Patients who received stents also had a shorter average length of stay and were less likely to be discharged to a nursing or rehabilitation facility. However, patients undergoing stenting were more likely to receive another procedure in the following year, mostly a re-stenting procedure. Stenting is safe in patients who are to receive only palliative treatment for bowel obstruction when offered at high volume hospitals. Patients should be cautioned that they might receive another stenting in the following year.