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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can I get resection surgery for UC instead of a colectomy?

    Can I get resection surgery for ulcerative colitis instead of a complete colectomy. I ask as people with crohns disease can have this type of surgery but there's told that with ulcerative colitis a complete colectomy is required, can someone please explain the reason.
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  • Dr Cheng Hiang Lee

    Paediatric Gastroenterologist

    Dr Cheng Hiang LEE MB BCh BAO DipPaed (UNSW) FRACP, is a consultant paediatric and adolescent gastroenterologist who performs endoscopic procedures in children. He is … View Profile

    UC will come back in the remaining colon after partial resection of the colon. Total colectomy is aim to "cure" UC, as any remaining colonic tissue can still be affected. UC only affect the colon, so theorectically a total colectomy will "cure" UC. 

    Crohn's disease affects the entire gastrointestinal tract, mouth to anus. Surgery cannot cure Crohn's disease, as the disease will just relapse in the other part of the gastrointestinal tract. 



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