Surgery is often needed to fight Crohn's disease, a form of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in which inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract develops. Up to 60 percent of people with Crohn's need surgery within the first eight to 10 years with this disease.
One of the side effects from Crohn's surgery is the problem called "short bowel syndrome". When part of the intestine has to be removed, that may affect your ability to properly absorb certain nutrients. This condition can worsen if you have to undergo more surgery, removing more of your intestine. In Crohn's, such need for repeated surgery happens in up to 60 percent of patients.