Many times the above-described medication regimens and surgeries allow for proactive management and treatment of severely diseased areas of the bowel. However, in Crohn’s disease, there is always a risk of the disease returning in spite of surgical treatment. It is always best practice to coordinate care and utilize shared decision making for proactive disease management as described below:
- Consult a colorectal surgeon early on in your care to understand your options in order to be informed and emotionally prepared while hopefully preventing emergency surgery.
- Coordinate care between your gastroenterologist and colorectal surgeon to optimize medical treatment before, during and after your surgery to minimize the risk of Crohn’s returning/worsening and needing repeated surgeries.