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Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Surgical treatment in persons with inflammatory bowel disease varies, depending upon the disease. Ulcerative colitis is surgically curable, while surgery for Crohn’s focuses on relieving symptoms and complications from the disease

Surgery for inflammatory bowel disease includes:

  • Resection involves the removal of part, or all, of the colon.
  • Partial colectomy to remove only part of the colon, joining the remaining parts together in a procedure called anastomosis.
  • Proctocolectomy removes the rectum and colon and sometimes the anus.

Conditions Treated

Surgery is an effective treatment for the following irritable bowel diseases:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticular disease