Complications arising from the inflammatory bowel condition, Crohn’s disease, used to require complex, invasive surgery that removed whole sections of the bowel. Over the past 2 decades, surgical innovations are allowing the patient new options.

Laparoscopic Surgery leaves little external scarring, even after repeat procedures. It also leads to fewer surgery-linked internal tissue adhesions. Although laparoscopic procedures require more training and can take longer than conventional surgery, they lead to shorter hospital stays, which saves money.

Strictureplasty revolutionized bowel surgery, by widening the affected length of bowel, instead of removing it This means that intestinal contents can safely pass through. A fistula can now have a plug, made from grafted porcine tissue, placed over it. This triggers the growth of local fibrotic tissue that closes off the fistula tract.

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