Surgery for Crohn's disease

A surgical operation for Crohn's disease may be necessary to treat inflammation or strictures (blockages)

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About surgery for Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of your gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. It can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your back passage.

Up to half of people with Crohn's disease will need surgery at some stage. Quite often, the main reason for surgery is to treat a blockage in the intestine. Blockages happen when the intestine narrows as a result of scarred tissue caused by Crohn's. The only way to address this blockage is surgery. In other cases, surgery may be need to treat related conditions, like anal fistulas or abcesses.

Many people worry that having surgery will mean that they have to wear a stoma bag (a faeces collection bag). Stoma bags are rare nowadays and are often a temporary measure.

Surgery for Crohn's is by no means a last ditch option. If it's done at the right time, it can be one of the best means of getting a patient’s life back on track.

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Dr Philip Woodland

Dr Philip Woodland

Gastroenterology

Mr Charles Evans

Mr Charles Evans

General Surgery

Dr Adam Humphries

Dr Adam Humphries

Gastroenterology

Professor Stuart Bloom

Professor Stuart Bloom

Gastroenterology

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London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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