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12-21-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Victoria, Australia
Possible alternative to surgery

My husband has crohns and has been having balloon dilations every 6 months as a way of preventing further surgery for his stricture. So far it has been working well and I wanted to let you all know that this is a viable alternative to surgery. This is the third time I have posted this info and so far very little response.....I am thinking this procedure isn't well known or understood. Understandably he only has crohns in one place in his bowel and is his is not a complicated case but he did have surgery 13 years ago and had a section of bowel removed and he would try anything to avoid going there again. We had never heard of this procedure until about 18 months ago and judging by my lack of responses on this forum nor have you guys!
12-22-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Victoria, Australia

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My Mum who also has Crohn's has had it done successfully, she was rapt to avoid further surgery having already been under the knife twice. It has been a really good result for her.

Unfortunately my stricture was too long (12cm) to have this done, but it seems a really good option if the strictured segment is short.
12-22-2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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I'm glad that the procedure is working for your husband Silke. Balloon dilation, resections and strictureplastys are all mentioned as possibilities when dealing with strictures here on the forum. Location, type and length is what helps your surgeon decide which will be best for you. Balloon dilation is also not permanent.
Diagnosis: Crohn's in 1991 at age 9
Surgeries: 1 Small Bowel Resection in 1999; Central IV in 1991-92
Meds for CD: 6MP 75mg
Things I take: Tenormin 25mg (PVCs and Tachycardia), Junel (endometriosis), Tylenol 3 (Osteoarthritis), Zantac 150mg 2/day (acid reflux), Klonopin 1mg (Panic Disorder), Imitrex 25mg (migraines), Zofran 8mg (nausea)
Currently in: REMISSION Thought it was a flare but it's just scar tissue from my resection. Dealing with a stricture. Remission from my resection, 19 years and counting.

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