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What You Need To Know First
Surgery...GULP. In other words, going under the knife, having part of your intestines removed, and ending up with a scar and other "souvenirs." DOUBLE GULP.
For us UC and Crohn's folks, few things are scarier and more permanent than the S word. It's okay to be freaked out by it; most of us are. But with IBD, like with anything else, if you know what to expect, express your fears, and go in with the best attitude possible, you might just find that you can cope.
Surgeries For Crohn's Disease
There's good news and bad news when it comes to surgery and Crohn's disease.
We'll give you the bad news first: Surgery can't cure Crohn's. If you have surgery to remove the affected part of your intestines, the disease might come back someday in a totally new area (tricky, eh?).
Now, the good news: Thanks to new medical developments, surgeons can get the job done much more easily, with smaller incisions (cuts in the skin) and shorter recovery times. Most importantly, remember that even though surgery won't make Crohn's go away for good, it can make you feel a lot better and even put you into remission. It can change your life and put you back in the land of Normal.