Crohn’s disease treatment
Today, we can treat and manage even the more severe types of Crohn’s disease, with the aim to enable the affected person the best possible quality of life and prevent bowel damage due to chronic inflammation.
If the patient is non-responsive to medical treatment, chronic inflammation leads to severe strictures, development of fistulas and abscesses, which require surgical procedures to eliminate symptoms and ensure a healthy function of the gut.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition. This means that it requires ongoing treatment with the aim of achieving a complete and long-lasting healing of the intestinal mucosa, as this is the only way to prevent permanent damage to the digestive tract.
The goals of treatment
- relieve manifestations and symptoms of the disease (diarrhoea, abdominal pain, tiredness ...)
- long-term reduction of inflammation and consequently prolong periods without symptoms (achieve and maintain remission)
- prevent further flare-ups (active inflammation)
- complete and long-lasting healing of the intestinal mucosa, with the aim to prevent permanent damage and complications
- maintain appropriate diet and nutrition
- avoid surgery as long as possible
- minimise the negative impact of the disease on the quality of life
Realistic personal goals
- normal puberty development
- uninterrupted school attendance
- free choice of profession
- ability to work
- successful educational achievement
- ability to start a family and have an active family and social life