Why should I have surgery for Crohn's disease?

Certain parts of Crohn's disease require surgery, usually related to repeated inflammation. Learn more about this illness from Mallik Piduru, MD from Oak Hill Hospital by watching this video.
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It's true that surgery can't cure Crohn's disease, a form of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in which inflammation develops in the lower part of the ileum (the lower three-fifths of your small intestine) and right colon. Right now, there is no cure for Crohn's. Also, surgery can lead to severe consequences, including having to wear a waste-collecting pouch outside your body.
Still there are reasons to consider surgery. It might be able to provide you with some relief from the symptoms of Crohn's. Surgery can correct problems like blockages and bleeding in the intestine. After surgery, some people are able to stop taking daily medicines for Crohn's.
Besides, the odds are that if you have Crohn's (especially somewhere after eight to 10 years), you'll require some type of surgical relief. Up to 60 percent of people with Crohn's need surgery eventually. So if you have Crohn's it's wise to keep abreast of the surgical options (which of course may change while you live with the disease) and discuss the options regularly with your doctor. You might also want to find support groups of other people who live with Crohn's, especially those who have ostomy bags, and see how they cope.

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