Learn about Ulcerative Colitis Sugery with Martin D. Fried MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Produced by DrMDK.com
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Learn about Ulcerative Colitis Surgery Interviewer: When I was in a medical illness you said that ulcerative colitis eventually ended up with surgery, is that true today? Interviewee: Uncontrollable bleeding is probably the major indication for surgery. The thing about ulcerative colitis compared to Crohn’s diseases is if you take out somebody’s entire colon the disease will go away because it’s limited to the colon. If you cut out areas of disease activity in people with Crohn’s disease the disease still persists. So surgery is one way to cure ulcerative colitis. Interviewer: So it’s something in the decision making down the road? But in that inflamed colon from ulcerative colitis it’s only increased risk the cancer down the road? Interviewee: Yes, there’s an increase risk the same as with Crohn’s Disease depending on the degree of inflammation, severity and the length of time that you have it.