Ulcerative colitis treatment

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition affecting the large intestine, with symptoms including bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain and weight loss. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and can present in a similar fashion to Crohn's disease.

What does this involve?

The treatment for ulcerative colitis is mainly designed to manage symptoms. Aminosalicylates, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants may be prescribed at various stages, yet surgery may be necessary if these do not effectively treat the condition.

The surgical solution is the ileo-anal pouch, where an internal pouch is constructed using the small intestine, which is connected to the anus. This technique requires a number of procedures over a six to twelve month period but doesn't require an external pouch. Another technique is the ileo-anal pouch, where an internal pouch is constructed using the small intestine, which is connected to the anus. This technique requires a number of procedures over a six to twelve month period but doesn't require a stoma bag.

When will I recover?

After a colectomy, patients will remain in the hospital until normal bowel function returns, which may take between two days and a week. Two weeks should then be spent resting at home, adjusting to the maintenance of the newly fitted stoma.
After an ileo-anal pouch procedure, patients may need to empty the pouch 10 times a day at first. However, after a period of time the frequency will decrease and the patient will become more used to the new pouch.

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