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Is it generally less difficult to gain weight after having surgery for crohn's disease?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: When active crohn's disease leads to surgery, it's usually for intractable pain, stricture, obstruction, abscess, or fistula. Once the active disease is removed, the patient, at least for a time, feels better, can eat better, and is more active, thus causing weight gain. Many times the chronic medications can be stopped. However, 85% of patient will develop symptoms again. Good luck.

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