Surgery and Ostomy for Crohn's and Colitis 101

Did you know that surgery may be an effective long-term treatment option for people with IBD? Have you been wondering about how to improve your quality of life when living with an ostomy?

Watch this video to hear about why people with Crohn’s or colitis may need to undergo surgery, including an ostomy, to better manage their disease. Connect with an expert gastroenterologist to hear more about surgical treatment options (e.g. colectomy, ileostomy or J-pouch creation, resection), types of ostomies (permanent vs. temporary), the benefits and risks of surgery, and what to expect before, during, and after surgery.

You will also get advice on how to live comfortably with an ostomy after surgery and align your daily activities with your ostomy pouch management routine, including diet, exercise, work or school, and intimacy. Other impacts of living with an ostomy, such as coping with mental health, pregnancy, and travelling will also be discussed.


  • 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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