Demystifying Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Learn about surgical indicators or the factors that lead to surgery as a treatment for Crohn's or colitis. Surgical options available to people living with Crohn's or colitis are reviewed. 


Dr. Cagla Eskicioglu, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University, Division of General Surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton.



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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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