WIth the two main types of (IBD) Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, the approaches to surgery and indications for surgery are different. Our approach is that your original organs are always optimal as long as they are functioning properly. When they are not, it is appropriate to consider the role of surgical therapy.

We work to maximize all the medical and alternative therapies we have at our disposal including the latest clinical trials before recommending surgery when at all possible. With that said, there are times when surgery is very appropriate and to delay surgery may put you in great harm. It is at those times; we will strongly recommend surgery and work with our expert colo-rectal surgeons on finding the procedure that is right for you while sparing as much bowel as possible in order for you to function optimally.

Read more about the types of surgery for each disease in our IBD 101 section:

  • Ileoanal J-pouch for ulcerative colitis
  • Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgery for Crohn’s Disease


All of our surgeries are performed at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital main campus, at 75 Francis Street in Boston.