Proctocolectomy is removal of the entire colon, including the lower part of the rectum and the sphincter muscles that control bowel movements. It can achieve a complete cure, but it is a last resort.
Ileostomy. In some proctocolectomies, the surgeon creates an opening in the abdominal wall (called a stoma) to allow passage of waste material. This part of the procedure is referred to as an ileostomy, and the stoma is created in the lower right corner...Read more
The definition of colitis is inflammation of the colon. There are many different ways that inflammation can present and manifest itself.... Read more »
Last month we talked with Lou Ann about her daughter's UC. This is a little bit about some of the Monica's dietary struggles and some of... Read more »
See Part I of this series for more Q&A from Dr. Eisner The arthritis in my knee has been acting up lately. A rheumatologist... Read more »
When the pain of arthritis doesn't go away, replacing the problem joint may be an option. For the knee, the procedure to implant a new joint is... Read more »