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Selecting the Right Surgery

Lesson 12 · 6 min

Surgery is often a last resort when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as medication usually does a good job managing the disease. However, for some people, it can be a necessity. And for these individuals, surgery can provide some relief. 

It’s worth noting that while surgery won’t actually cure your IBD, some people stay symptom-free for many years afterward. Also, taking medications after surgery can lower the odds that your IBD will come back. 

Fast fact

Between 23 and 45 percent of people with ulcerative colitis and up to 75 percent of people with Crohn’s disease will eventually need surgery, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. 

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