UVA Digestive Surgeon Traci Hedrick Discusses Inflammatory Bowel Disease

UVA Digestive Surgeon Traci Hedrick Discusses Inflammatory Bowel Disease


TRACI HEDRICK:
Inflammatory bowel disease refers to two conditions,
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease,
both of which affect various locations
within the GI tract. Ulcerative Colitis is
specific to the colon. The treatment for
Ulcerative Colitis involves removing the
entire colon and the rectum and that used to mean a
permanent ostomy for patients. We have a procedure
called J Pouch, where we can recreate the
reservoir for the rectum, thereby preventing patients
from having a permanent ostomy. Crohn’s disease can
affect patients anywhere from their mouth to the rectum. So it can affect various
parts of the digestive system. Most commonly it affects
the small intestine and the large intestine. The main treatment is to remove
that section that is abnormal and hopefully it’s a point where
we could remove it and just remove that segment, put the
intestines back together. We have a very strong
multidisciplinary team for inflammatory bowel disease. We have a very strong
connection between the surgeons and the medical
gastroenterologists. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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