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Despite aggressive treatment, it's still possible for you to experience complications from inflammatory bowel disease, such as fistulas. This is especially true if you have Crohn's disease. Fistulas are deep ulcers that tunnel through your intestines and into surrounding tissue. Using a team approach, our IBD experts work with specialists from Colorectal Surgery and Advanced Endoscopy programs to accurately diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.
If your fistula is small, we may be able to manage it using antibiotics, parenteral nutrition and non-surgical drainage techniques.
If your fistula grows larger or becomes infected, surgery is the best way to help you avoid potentially life-threatening complications, such as sepsis.
If you need surgery, you can take comfort in knowing our colorectal surgery team includes experts who specialize in caring for inflammatory bowel disease complications. We offer a full complement of minimally invasive techniques to prevent your fistula from causing additional harm, while also preserving as much healthy bowel tissue as possible.
The type of fistula surgery you receive depends on the location and severity of your fistula. All fistula repair procedures share the same goals:
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