For patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), surgery is often necessary to manage symptoms and address disease-related complications. Such surgery is particularly common for patients with stricturing or fistulizing Crohn’s disease, patients with ulcerative colitis whose disease is not adequately managed with medication, and those with precancerous lesions. Surgical interventions vary according to the disease. Because Crohn’s disease can involve any segment of the gastrointestinal tract, surgical intervention is unlikely to be curative and is reserved to treat the complications of the disease such as obstruction or fistuli. As Walter Koltun, M.D., explains, “Excessive or repeated resection can potentially leave a Crohn’s patient with crippling short bowel syndrome and so alternate surgical therapies are performed such as stricturplasty, which overcomes the obstruction but minimizes resection.”
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Penn State Hershey Medical Group has made significant inroads establishing a strong clinical presence in State College, Pennsylvania, now offering a wide-range of primary care, specialty, and diagnostic services at five outpatient locations.
The Medical Group is part of the new University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine, with a long-term goal of providing more diverse, multi-disciplinary medical and surgical practices that will also fulfill an important teaching role for medical students. To this end, Joel Haight, M.D., who joined the University Park Regional Campus in 2011, has established a gastroenterology and hepatology practice at Penn State Hershey Medical Group—Colonnade, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing an outpatient endoscopy center adjacent to that Medical Group. Continue reading