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When would someone with Crohn's disease need surgery?

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Two-thirds to three-quarters of people with Crohn's disease will eventually need surgery to treat their illness. There are several reasons why surgery might be needed:

  • The medications are not working to control symptoms or do not work effectively enough.
  • The drug side effects are unbearable.
  • The person has serious complications that only surgery can correct.

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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