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Can surgery help treat ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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Surgery can often cure long-term ulcerative colitis (UC), but it's not for everyone. Your doctor may suggest an operation if your UC is severe and you don't get enough help from other treatments, like medicines and changes in your diet. It could also be an option to help you prevent colon cancer.

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. "What is Ulcerative Colitis?" "Surgery for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis."

Carne, P.  , February 2004. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Kirat, H.  , December 2010. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Ostomy Surgery of the Bowel."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Special Concerns for People With J-Pouches."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "Patient & Family Guide to Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA) Surgery."

American Cancer Society: "What is an ileostomy?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 01, 2017

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. "What is Ulcerative Colitis?" "Surgery for Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis."

Carne, P.  , February 2004. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Kirat, H.  , December 2010. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Ostomy Surgery of the Bowel."

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Special Concerns for People With J-Pouches."

University of Pennsylvania Health System: "Patient & Family Guide to Ileal J-Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA) Surgery."

American Cancer Society: "What is an ileostomy?"

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 01, 2017

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