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Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)


Most treatments for IBD are either medical or surgical. Many drugs are used in treating both forms of IBD. Surgery is typically only used after all medical options have failed.
  1. Diet and Nutrition
  2. Alternative & Complementary Medicine
  3. Medications
  1. Ostomy Surgery
  2. Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  3. Surgery for Crohn's Disease

Diet and Nutrition


Diet and nutrition are an important part of the management of IBD. The exact effect of diet on IBD is still under debate by the medical community, but there's no doubt that good nutrition is essential.

Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Ginger Rhizome

Many patients are looking for alternative and complementary treatments for IBD. Some treatments that are currently being studies include aloe vera, nicotine, and fish oil.



Many different classes of drugs are used to treat IBD. Find detailed information, warnings, side effects, and interactions for medications commonly used to treat IBD.

Ostomy Surgery


Surgery for IBD can include procedures to remove all or part of the small or large intestine. This can sometimes result in an ostomy, which is when an external pouch is needed to collect waste.

Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis

Intestinal anastomosis

Pelvic pouch surgery is most often used to treat ulcerative colitis and includes j-pouch (ileal pouch reconstruction) which is typically completed in two steps.

Surgery for Crohn's Disease

lower digestive tract

Surgery for Crohn's disease is different than the surgery used for ulcerative colitis, the other form of inflammatory bowel disease. The type of surgery used most often for Crohn's disease is resection surgery.

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