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Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of conditions that result in inflammation of the small and large intestines.  This group of problems is most commonly managed by medical specialists called gastroenterologists.

The two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease in children are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Crohn's Disease

What are the reasons a patient may need surgery for Crohn’s disease?

Although Crohn's disease cannot be cured with surgery, many patients will require surgery at some point following their diagnosis.

Examples of when surgery may be needed include:

All Children's Hospital's Surgeons work closely with each patient's gastroenterologist and pediatrician to determine if the child will benefit from surgery.

What are the goals of surgery for Crohn’s disease?

More information about Crohn's disease

Ulcerative Colitis

What are the reasons my child may need surgery for ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis can be surgically cured for both children and adults, in many cases.  Reasons for surgery may include:

All Children's Hospital's Surgeons work closely with each patient's gastroenterologist and pediatrician to determine if the child will benefit from surgery.

What are the goals of surgery in ulcerative colitis?

To surgically cure ulcerative colitis, the entire colon and its lining must be removed, and the remaining intestine reconnected.  Often times, an ostomy (intestine that opens on the abdominal wall) is needed for a temporary amount of time to obtain the best surgical results.

More information about ulcerative colitis

 

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For more information, visit Pediatric General Surgery. To make an appointment or to ask questions, please call (727) -767-4170.


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