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What are the pros and cons for surgery for Crohn's disease?

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3 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery

Surgery is usually reserved for significant symptoms not relieved by medications.
Intestinal blockage, bleeding, or fistula formation may likely need surgery. Surgery is avoided as one cannot do well if too much intestine is removed with repeated surgery, and there is a significant chance of crohn's disease recurrence after surgery too. Pro: removes disease. Con: removes intestines.

In brief: Surgery

Surgery is usually reserved for significant symptoms not relieved by medications.
Intestinal blockage, bleeding, or fistula formation may likely need surgery. Surgery is avoided as one cannot do well if too much intestine is removed with repeated surgery, and there is a significant chance of crohn's disease recurrence after surgery too. Pro: removes disease. Con: removes intestines.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Surgery is only done to cure a complication of crohn's.
Abscess, fistula, stricture. It is used when there is no further medical alternative.

In brief: Many

Surgery is only done to cure a complication of crohn's.
Abscess, fistula, stricture. It is used when there is no further medical alternative.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Last Resort

Cisco, surgery can not cure crohn's disease.
Crohn's disease is a life long ailment that needs to be controlled medically. Overtime, there are complications of the disease that can form, for instance stricture (just one example). Surgery will only be done to relieve that stricture that blocks food from going through. We limit surgery in crohn's until deemed the only way to improve the patient.

In brief: Last Resort

Cisco, surgery can not cure crohn's disease.
Crohn's disease is a life long ailment that needs to be controlled medically. Overtime, there are complications of the disease that can form, for instance stricture (just one example). Surgery will only be done to relieve that stricture that blocks food from going through. We limit surgery in crohn's until deemed the only way to improve the patient.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Dr. Allen Kamrava
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