Many people with IBD experience minimal symptoms with occasional flare-ups that can be managed with conservative therapy. However, as a chronic inflammatory condition, IBD may lead to complications of the intestinal tract that require surgery.
At the IBD Center of Excellence, our patients benefit from a team of physicians dedicated to the comprehensive management of IBD symptoms and complications. When surgery is necessary, our colorectal surgeons are adept at performing the most advanced and effective procedures to deliver the best results. To learn more about treatment for IBD or to schedule a consultation with one of our colorectal surgeons, contact us at (888) 421-4172.
When is Surgery Used to Treat IBD?
When inflammatory damage of the intestinal tract leads to severe pain, reduced nutrient uptake, perforation of the intestinal lining, or bowel obstruction, surgery is often necessary. Patients with Crohn’s disease, which affects all layers and regions of the intestinal tract, are at a higher risk for surgery. Individuals with ulcerative colitis are comparatively less likely to require surgery at some point in their lives.
Our physicians work closely with each patient to adopt a flexible treatment strategy. We understand that symptoms and function of the digestive system may change over time and are prepared to address these changes accordingly. Though intestinal surgery may seem intimidating, our surgeons perform many of these procedures with a minimally invasive approach designed to preserve bowel function and improve overall quality of life.
The colorectal surgeons at the IBD Center of Excellence employ a variety of surgical procedures to resolve painful symptoms and complications of IBD. The following procedures are performed depending on the location and type of inflammatory damage in the intestinal tract:
- Small bowel resection – removal of a portion of the small intestine
- Colectomy (large bowel resection) – removal of a portion of the colon or rectum
- Strictureplasty – widening of a narrowed or obstructed segment of intestine
Laparoscopic Vs. Open Surgery
Most surgeries for IBD can be performed using either an open or minimally invasive approach. Which method is used depends on a patient’s specific condition and general health. The minimally invasive approach used in abdominal surgery is known as laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of high-tech surgical instruments through several small incisions instead of one large incision. A camera-equipped device transmits live video feed from within the abdomen to a high-definition monitor within the operating suite, enabling our surgeons to perform bowel surgery with unparalleled precision. Advantages of this minimally invasive approach include:
- Less pain and scarring
- Reduced recovery time
- Smaller risk of complications
While not every patient is a candidate for laparoscopy, traditional open surgery can achieve the same long-term success rate when performed by an experienced colorectal or GI surgeon. Our uniquely individualized approach to patient care ensures the best results for surgical treatment of IBD.
Contact an IBD Specialist in Beverly Hills
The IBD Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills offers a team of world-renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who have trained at some of the top medical schools and residencies in the country. Our extensive experience in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, coupled with a highly individualized approach, helps us to deliver compassionate and effective care to each patient. For more information on the complications of IBD and surgical treatment, or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please call (888) 421-4172 or fill out our contact form.
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