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What are the procedures for ulcerative colitis surgery?

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There are two different types of procedures for ulcerative colitis. Both surgeries remove the colon and rectum. Once those parts are gone, so are the pain, inflammation, and constant urges to go to the bathroom that happen during a flare. You'll still need to go often, but less than before.

In one operation, the surgeon uses the end of your small bowel to create a pouch connected to your anus on the inside of your body. (You would temporarily need to wear a bag outside your body over the hole that your surgeon makes, until your body heals from the surgery and is ready for the internal pouch.)

In the other procedure, the surgeon creates a small opening in the abdomen to collect waste in a removable pouch on the outside of the body.

Your doctor can let you know if either operation would help you.

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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