Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

People with Crohn’s Disease are now much less likely to need surgery than they were in the past. However surgery does remain an important and life-changing treatment option for many.

This information is about the types of surgery that are carried out to treat Crohn’s Disease, the risks and advantages, and how to prepare for an operation.

How the digestive system works
How does Crohn's Disease affect the gut
When is surgery necessary
Which are the most common operations?
Stomas
Are there risks associated with surgery?
What are the advantages of surgery?
Could the Crohn's come back after surgery?
Preparing for surgery
How long will i need to stay in hospital?
How long will it take to recover?
How might an operation affect my everyday life?
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Last reviewed: June 2017