What is the role of surgery in the treatment of Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Surgery plays an integral role in controlling medically refractory disease and treating complications of Crohn disease. Because of the high rate of disease recurrence after segmental bowel resection, the guiding principle of surgery is preservation of intestinal length and function. [1] (See Treatment.)


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