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How many people with Crohn's disease will require another surgery?

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In about half of adults who have a resection to treat Crohn's disease, the disease recurs (comes back) within five years. The recurrence is normally near the site of the joining of two sections of healthy bowel -- anastomosis -- or at the site of the ileostomy.

The risk of recurrence may be lessened by taking medication to reduce inflammation. These medications include drugs drugs that manipulate the immune system response. These drugs are known as immunomodulators or biologic medications . Often, recurrent Crohn's disease requires treatment that involves only medication. However, about half of those who experience recurrent Crohn's disease will require another surgery.

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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