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Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

Ulcerative colitis is treated mainly with various types of medication that can reduce inflammation and give the intestines a chance to heal. There are also surgical and diet treatment options available:

How is ulcerative colitis treated?

Medication

Ulcerative colitis is treated mainly with various types of medication that can reduce inflammation and give the intestines a chance to heal. Often, the same medications will be used in treat a flare-up and preventing symptoms during remission, but will usually be administered in different dosages and schedules.

Surgery

Some people might require surgery to remove all or parts of the colon and/or to treat the complications that might arise with ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative Colitis Diet

The onset of ulcerative colitis is not thought to be related to diet, but proper diet and nutrition are very important in the management of the condition.

X-Rays and Endoscopy Procedures

Although x-rays and endoscopy procedures are generally kept to a minimum for those diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis, it is likely they will need to be repeated from time to time to determine success after surgery or, more routinely:

  • to check on the extent of the inflammation
  • to see if there are any changes in tissues (e.g., development of pre-cancerous cells)
  • to determine whether on not a particular treatment strategy is working. Endoscopy is usually performed under local anaesthetic or sedation.

 

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