Many times, 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 potential surgery 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 disease worsening and needing repeated surgeries.