Surgical Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Fichera and another surgeon in surgery.

The University of Chicago Medicine has long been an internationally recognized center of excellence for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, our physicians are leaders in providing the best quality of care through a multidisciplinary approach. Our surgeons--working in close collaboration with gastroenterologists, radiologists, and pathologists -- develop a treatment plan that fits the needs of each patient.

» Learn about colectomy (colon resection), a surgical procedure used to treat inflammatory bowel disease.

Our level of experience is unsurpassed. University of Chicago surgeons rank among the most experienced IBD specialists in the world. Here, our physicians perform more IBD surgeries than any other medical center in the area. We treat many of the difficult cases that would otherwise be turned down at other institutions.

We are one of few medical centers in the nation with extensive expertise using minimally invasive approaches to treat ulcerative colitis. By using the laparoscope, patients have minimal scarring with a quicker recovery, compared to traditional open surgeries.

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