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Ulcerative Colitis: Talk to Your Doctor

Understanding ulcerative colitis symptoms and treatment can help you live easier with the condition.

Is surgery an option?

The only true cure for ulcerative colitis is the removal of the colon, a procedure called a colectomy. However this means that a permanent external bag to drain the stool is needed. Surgery is considered a last resort, performed when the disease does not respond to medication. Surgery is also indicated when there are precancerous or cancerous lesions of the colon.

What's the prognosis for someone with ulcerative colitis?

The answer depends on many things, including the severity of your disease, your overall health, and how well you respond to treatment. Many people effectively manage their symptoms with proper diet and medication and maintain a high quality of life. Your doctor can help give you an idea of what to expect.

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Reviewed on September 21, 2011

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