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What are the complications of ulcerative colitis surgery?

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Complications from ileoanal anastomosis may include:

If the pouch fails, the patient will need to have a permanent ileostomy.

  • More frequent and more watery bowel movements
  • Inflammation of the pouch (pouchitis)
  • Blockage of the intestine (bowel obstruction) from internal scar tissue, called adhesions, caused by surgery
  • Pouch failure, which happens within five years in about four out of every 100 patients

From: Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis."

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

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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