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
Whether we realize it or not, treatment options for both Crohn's Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC) have come a long way in the past... 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 »
Ten years ago when I was finally diagnosed with UC I was given Asacol, a 5-ASA drug, to get the inflammation in my colon under control.... Read more »