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
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 »
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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 »
Elizabeth has been living with the symptoms of both IBD and IBS since she was in high school and was finally diagnosed with Colitis in 1998. The... Read more »