If you have any of these symptoms and you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, your disease may have become significantly worse. Some of these symptoms also may be signs of toxic megacolon. This is a condition in which the colon swells to many times its normal size. Toxic megacolon requires emergency treatment. Left untreated, it can cause the colon to leak or rupture. This can be fatal.
Surgery can often cure long-term ulcerative colitis (UC). But it’s not for everyone who has the disease.
Your doctor might consider recommending an operation if your UC is very severe and you didn’t get enough help from other treatments, like medicines and changes in diet. It could also be an option to help prevent colon cancer.
There are two procedures. Both are major surgery on your digestive system. Get to know the details of each operation, and talk with your doctor about which one she recommends...
Watchful waiting is not appropriate when you have any of the above symptoms. If your symptoms are caused by ulcerative colitis, delaying the diagnosis and treatment may make the disease worse. And it can increase your risk of other problems.
Even when the disease is in remission, your doctor will want to see you regularly to check for complications. Some of these problems can be hard to detect. It is always a good idea to call your doctor's office for advice.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose ulcerative colitis include: