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Surgical Treatment

When is surgery required

Surgery is set aside for specific indications such as symptom control, failure to respond to pharmacologic treatment (most common reason), and for treatment of acute complications (e.g., fistulas, abscesses and inflammatory masses).

How common is surgery

Despite intensive medical therapy, about 70–80% of adults with Crohn's disease will require at least one surgical treatment during their lifetime.

How effective is surgery

Surgery is effective in removing diseased tissue and possibly precluding the need for treatment with toxic drugs, as well as for treating complications.

What surgical options exist

A variety of surgical options exist depending on the anatomical extent and localisation of disease, these include:


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.org.au for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Gastroparesisclinic.org for individuals with Gastroparesis


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