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Ulcerative Colitis Surgery in New Lenox, IL

Come to SouthWest Gastroenterology Today for Your Diagnosis, Treatment and/or Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Zahid Afzal and Staff Are Dedicated to Getting You the Results You Need for a Comfortable and Healthy Digestive system. Call us Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm (815) 584-0077.

Ulcerative Colitis Surgery New Lenox, IL

Ulcerative Colitis is a common disease that affects more than 200,000 people a year. About 23% to 45% of those individuals with ulcerative colitis will eventually need surgery to remove the ulcers from their colon. This inflammatory bowel disease (IDB) causes continuing inflammation and ulcers or sores in the digestive tract. As common as this disease may be, finding the right doctor to help you feel better can be frustrating, difficult, and time consuming. Here at SouthWest Gastro we can help you with all your gastro needs! Dr. Zahid Afzal, MD and our supportive and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to getting you the results and treatment you need to feel more comfortable and, on the road to having a health digestive system.

There are several reasons why a person may need surgery to treat their Ulcerative Colitis. A few of those reasons may be; if a medication fails to offer the relief and results it was intended to treat. Other reasons why an individual may need surgery is a high risk of the ulcers becoming cancerous, the colon may rupture, or if there is excessive bleeding in your colon that has been observed through your stool. Depending on the severity of your situation, medications may be the first step in gaining control over the disease, if this fails to reduce symptoms or if medication causes more harm to the individual than good surgery is suggested.

There are several types of surgeries that can treat Ulcerative Colitis. Here are a few:


  • The purpose of this surgery is to remove the colon in its entirety.
  • This procedure helps to eliminate any threats of colon cancer which is common amongst individuals who suffer from ulcerative colitis.


  • This procedure is like the colectomy, however in addition to removing the colon, the rectum is removed as well.
  • This procedure creates a need for an ileostomy, which is when a small opening is created in the abdominal wall and the small intestine is brought to the opening where an external bag/pouch must be worn to collect stools.
  • This procedure also helps with eliminating threats of colon cancer.

Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis (IPAA)

  • This procedure is also known as restorative proctocolectomy.
  • This procedure is like the Proctocolectomy, where both the colon and rectum are removed, however the need for an external pouch is unnecessary.
  • Surgeons create a “J Pouch” that will be in replacement of the rectum. The small intestine is used to form an internal pouch.
  • This procedure is typically done in two separate operations and a temporary ileostomy will be needed.

The purpose for receiving these surgeries is to improve health and living and to decrease symptoms that inhibit our ability to live comfortability in our daily lives. Some benefits of receiving Ulcerative Colitis surgery are the eliminations of those original symptoms, such as; pain in your abdomen, joints, and rectum. Gastrointestinal symptoms can include bloating, leaking of stool, urgent need to defecate, inability to empty bowels and blood in stool. You may experience body fatigue, fever, loss of appetite and anemia. Other symptoms can include weight loss, cramping or scarring within the bile ducts. Ultimately, these surgeries also significantly reduce the development of cancer in the colon. These risks are often very high for individuals who suffer from Ulcerative Colitis, with an estimation of 5% of ulcerative colitis patients developing cancer.

If you are in the New Lenox, IL area, and are in need of excellent gastroenterology care, look no further than Dr. Zahid Afzal and his team here at SouthWest Gastro.