Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, as it is known. At Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists (TCRS), our physicians work to help our IBD patients achieve more personal freedom and prevent IBD flare-ups.
TCRS works closely with you to create a highly individualized treatment plan based on the type and severity of the symptoms. Treatment options may include dietary changes, medications and, in some cases, surgery. If surgery is necessary, TCRS physicians are experts in laparoscopic procedures to cure or relieve IBD symptoms. The following procedures performed by TCRS specialists are just three examples of our expertise:
Laparoscopic Small Bowel Surgery
A small bowel resection is surgery to remove a diseased section of the small intestine. The laparoscopic technique involves small incisions and faster recovery. In this procedure, the diseased section of the small intestine is stapled and removed, then the two bowel ends are reattached using staples.
Laparoscopic J-Pouch Surgery
This procedure can often “cure” those patients with ulcerative colitis as well as eliminate their risk of colorectal cancer. The J-pouch procedure is the common name used for the operation that removes the entire colon and rectum, and replaces the rectum with a neorectum, or new rectum, which is a pouch made from the last portion of the small intestine and connected to the anus.
Laparoscopic Restorative Proctocolectomy
Restorative proctocolectomy is a standard treatment for advanced IBD. TCRS surgeons typically perform this technique via a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive approach, while most surgeons often use an open approach, requiring a much larger incision.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are so similar they are often mistaken for one another. Both are chronic inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, but Crohn’s disease can spread deep into the layers of affected tissues while ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of the colon and rectum.