If medicines just don’t seem to help your IBD symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. This tool may help you understand your choices and think about what matters most to you.

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About this tool: A team of patients, parents, doctors, psychologists, and nurses from Dayton Children's Hospital created this tool with financial and network resources from the ImproveCareNow Patient and Parent Innovation Fund made possible with support the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

This information does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The full disclaimer applies to this tool.

Frequently Asked Questions


For ImproveCareNow Care Providers: Download a guide with suggestions on how to incorporate this tool into a patient's plan of care. The tool is recommended for patients 12 years old and up.

IMPORTANT: This material is intended for providers and care teams. It is not intended as a comprehensive care reference or prescribed pathway as each individual patient is unique and each care center has different local resources. Providers and families should work together to develop the best plan of care for each patient.


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