Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)
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Ulcerative Colitis Surgery
Most people with ulcerative colitis will never need to have surgery. However, if surgery becomes necessary, the operation permanently cures ulcerative colitis since the disease only affects the colon and not other parts of the intestinal tract.
Sometimes the doctor will recommend removing the colon if medical treatment fails or if the side effects of corticosteroids or other drugs threaten the patient's health. For the 25% to 40% of people who eventually may have their colons removed because of massive bleeding, severe illness, rupture of the colon, or risk of cancer, various surgical techniques are used. The choice of surgical procedure is individualized based upon the needs of each patient. What is right for one patient may not be the best type of surgery for someone else.
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