What is the role of bowel-sparing stricturoplasty in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In patients with a very short cicatrix stricture, a bowel-sparing stricturoplasty can be performed. In this procedure, a longitudinal incision is made across the stricture, and then the incision is repaired with a horizontal suture. All mucosa is spared, and the obstruction is relieved. As many as 6-8 stricturoplasties can be performed in a single operative session.

Stricturoplasty is associated with a 6%-8% rate of septic complications (2%-3% of patients require reoperation); this may be prevented with optimal preoperative management to control the inflammatory component of the stricture before surgical intervention.

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