Surgery for Crohn's disease

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

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.

Our Crohn's disease specialists

We're proud to work with leading gastrointestinal experts specialising in problems and conditions of the stomach, oesophagus and bowel, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex GI surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional gastrointestinal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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