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How does a proctocolectomy treat Crohn's disease?

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If Crohn's disease has affected the rectum and colon, both are removed with a surgery called a proctocolectomy. A proctocolectomy is performed along with an ileostomy. The latter surgery brings the end of the small intestine through a hole in the lower abdomen so that waste can exit the body. The hole is called a stoma. When this procedure is necessary, the waste drains into an external bag that has to be emptied throughout the day. The bag or pouch is concealed by clothing and is not noticeable.

From: Surgery for Crohn’s Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "Surgery for Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "Surgery for Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on February 14, 2019

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