Strictureplasty Surgery: What You Need to Know

One of the most common side effects of Crohn’s disease is an internal stricture. Structures occur when certain regions of your intestines get smaller, impeding the passage of food. In some cases, it results in complete blockage of your intestine. This condition can be fixed with strictuteplasty, a kind of surgery that widens the intestine and any other constructive in the digestive system. This article will describe the risks, procedure, recovery, and other things to note about this type of surgery.

What is a strictureplasty?

Strictureplasty is a surgical procedure that helps correct the narrowing of the intestines. It is done to widen affected sections of the intestine. The procedure can be used to treat more than one structure at once. According to a meta-analysis of 3,529 strictureplasties, it is a potent and safe procedure that corrects strictures in the inferior portion of the intestine. The jejunum and the ileum are the most affected organs. It would help to note that strictures are rarely caused by Crohn’s disease. Strictureplasty is rarely used to fix narrowing in the superior portion of your small intestine or duodenum. Strictures in these parts are mostly caused by ulcers.

Contrary to popular opinion, the procedure does not involve removing any part of the small intestine. Thus, the chances of having complications, like short bowel syndrome are lower. Short bowel syndrome is a medical condition that affects the ability to absorb nutrients and water. According to research, strictureplasty is safer than removing any part of the bowel.