Ulcerative Colitis Surgery (cont.)
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What Are the Benefits of Ulcerative Colitis Surgeries?
If the entire colon is removed, ulcerative colitis is cured. This should put an end to the diarrhea, abdominal pains, anemia, and other symptoms.
In addition, the surgical procedures prevent colon cancer. Overall, an estimated 5% of ulcerative colitis patients will develop cancer. The elimination of the colon cancer threat is especially significant for people who have ulcerative colitis that affects the entire colon. In these cases, as opposed to cases of ulcerative colitis that affects only the lower colon and the rectum, the cancer risk without surgery could be up to 32 times the normal rate.
What Are the Complications of Ulcerative Colitis Surgeries?
Complications from ileoanal anastomosis may include:
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