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What types of surgery can treat ulcerative colitis?

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Surgery to remove the entire colon is called a colectomy. Surgery to remove both the colon and rectum is a proctocolectomy. Both can be used to treat ulcerative colitis. These surgeries are also performed to eliminate the threat of colon cancer. Colon cancer is common in people with ulcerative colitis. Proctocolectomy is considered the standard treatment when surgery for ulcerative colitis is needed.

From: Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis WebMD Medical Reference

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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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