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Surgery for intestinal Crohn's disease

Luca Stocchi, MD

Colorectal Surgeon
Department of Colorectal Surgery
Digestive Disease Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH



Although more patients with Crohn's disease (CD) are in remission, refractory patients continue to represent a clinical challenge, and around one-half of CD patients will require surgery within 10 years of diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to optimize surgical and medical interventions. This hot topic provides a review of the role of surgery in CD and reviews the long- and short-term outcomes with recommendations for ongoing follow-up.

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of gastroenterologists and registered nurses involved in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Release date: November 17, 2014

Learning objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe the appropriate place of surgery in management of Crohn's disease including long-term management
  • Evaluate the current management of post-operative CD including the role of continued drug therapy.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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