Strictureplasty

When the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus. is affected by Crohn's disease, the areas with active disease may narrow to form strictures that can block the passage of digested food. The sections of normal intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus. compensate by pushing against this strictured area, which may cause painful cramps after eating.

Strictureplasty is a common type of surgery that widens the narrowed (strictured) areas without removing any portion of the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus.. The surgeon makes a length-wise cut in the affected part of the intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus., and then rejoins it in such a way as to widen the intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus..

This procedure is very effective in relieving obstructions and does not shorten the small intestineThe section of gut, or gastrointestinal tract, from the stomach to the anus.. It is not a cure, however, and there is always a chance that the problems will return at a later stage.