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Should I consider surgery for ulcerative colitis flares?

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Surgery for ulcerative colitis flares isn't an immediate fix, and not everyone needs an operation to keep UC in check. But for some people, it can help.

Your doctor might suggest surgery if you’ve had the condition for a long time, or if your flares are so severe that drugs no longer control them. An operation might help prevent colon cancer, which people with UC are more likely to get.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, and gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon in colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Roberta Muldoon, assistant professor of surgery, Division of General/Colorectal Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Leyla J. Ghazi, assistant professor of medicine, and gastroenterologist specializing in inflammatory bowel disease, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Thomas Cataldo, MD, visiting assistant professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School; staff surgeon in colon and rectal surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

Roberta Muldoon, assistant professor of surgery, Division of General/Colorectal Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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