In the early stages of both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, medication is the recommended treatment. The goal treatment is to reduce the inflammation that triggers signs and symptoms. In the best cases, this may lead to symptom relief as well as long-term remission and reduced risks of complications. At this time, there is no medical treatment that will cure inflammatory bowel disease.

In more advanced stages of the disease, surgery is often necessary. The type of surgery performed is specific to each disease. The University of Maryland Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program provides excellence in both medical and surgical therapies. Most importantly, each treatment -- whether it is medical or surgical -- is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.

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