Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis

This information is about the types of surgery that may be needed in the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis.

How the digestive system works
How does Ulcerative Colitis affect the gut?
When is surgery necessary?
Which operations are the most commom?
Laparoscopy
Stomas
Are there risks to surgery?
What are the advantages of surgery?
Preparing for surgery
How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
How long will it take to recover?
How might an operation affect my everyday life?
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Last reviewed: June 2017