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What kinds of surgery are performed to treat Crohn's disease?

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Surgery to treat Crohn's disease depends on several factors:

It's important to note that surgery, like medications, does not cure Crohn's disease. After the diseased part of the bowel is removed, Crohn's can reappear in some other part of the intestine or elsewhere. Many people are wary of having surgery to treat Crohn's disease. Each part of the intestines serves a particular purpose and removing part of the bowels may impair bowel function, leading to diarrhea or malnutrition. Also, surgery is not for everyone. It is best to collect as much information as possible and to consult closely with the appropriate health care professionals to determine the best possible treatment.

  • The location of the disease in the intestines
  • The severity of the disease
  • The purpose of the surgery -- which complication it will treat

From: Surgery for Crohn’s Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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