Ulcerative colitis (Colitis ulcerosa, UC) is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the intestine, specifically the large intestine or colon, that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores, in the colon. The main symptom of active disease is usually diarrhea mixed with blood, of gradual onset. Ulcerative colitis is, however, a systemic disease that affects many parts of the body outside the intestine. Because of the name, IBD is ...
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Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery: A Guide for Patients
... About laparoscopic intestinal surgery If you need colorectal surgery, you might be a candidate for laparoscopic intestinal surgery, a "minimally invasive" technique for treating colorectal d...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Total Abdominal Colectomy: Basic Surgical Steps
... What is a laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy? A laparoscopic total abdominal colectomy is an operation that removes the large intestine. (See figure 1.) The surgery is used to treat: Inflammatory ...
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Complications
... The most serious acute complication of ulcerative colitis is toxic megacolon. This occurs when your colon becomes paralyzed, preventing you from having a bowel movement or passing gas. Signs and sympt...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... The goal of medical treatment is to reduce the inflammation that triggers your signs and symptoms. In the best cases, this may lead not only to symptom relief but also to long-term remission. Treatmen...
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Self-care
... Sometimes you may feel helpless when facing ulcerative colitis. But changes in your diet and lifestyle may help control your symptoms and lengthen the time between flare-ups. Diet There''s no firm evi...
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Complementary and alternative medicine
... Many people are interested in nontraditional approaches to healing, especially when standard treatments produce intolerable side effects or aren''t able to provide an improvement. To address this inte...
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