Ulcerative ColitisUC Treatment

Let's Talk About Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

You have some seriously effective options for managing symptoms—and a darn good chance at reaching remission, too.

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    We went to some of the nation's top UC experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    Aline J Charabaty Pishvaian

    Aline Charabaty Pishvaian, M.D.Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Sibley Memorial Hospital
    Washington, D.C.
    Neilanjan Nandi

    Neilanjan Nandi, M.D.Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Drexel University School of Medicine
    Megan Elizabeth Riehl. PsyD.

    Megan Elizabeth Riehl, Psy.D.Clinical Health Psychologist

    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsUC Treatment

    What are biologics?

    Biologic drugs are antibodies that target key proteins in your immune system involved in inflammation. They’re typically recommended for people with modern to severe UC. By working to reduce inflammation at the source, biologics can greatly improve symptoms and potentially help you achieve remission.

    Can you cure UC permanently?

    The conversation around whether you can “cure” UC is hotly debated. Some say the only true cure is a proctocolectomy, which is surgery that removes your colon and rectum. However, some symptoms can persist even after surgery. While a total cure may not be possible, the good news is it’s possible to reach remission (meaning you have few or no symptoms) with the right treatment.

    Am I going to need surgery for my UC?

    Surgery for UC has become less common in recent years due to the introduction of newer treatment options, like biologics. However, in cases when your UC is not responding to medications or you’re experiencing UC complications, surgery may be necessary.

    Can I treat my UC with diet changes?

    Simply changing your diet likely won’t be enough to manage your UC completely, but it is one key piece of the UC puzzle. Work with a registered dietitian to figure out any potential trigger foods and to learn about how to maintain a healthy diet with UC.

    Lara DeSanto

    Lara DeSanto


    Lara DeSanto is a former editor of HealthCentral, where she regularly covered digestive health, sexual health, and cancer. She's now a frequent contributor to the site.