Dr. Garth Swanson shares if a woman with Crohn's disease should have a vaginal birth or a C-section.
If you have Crohn’s disease, it’s fine to have a vaginal birth unless you have had previous surgery on your rectum. For those patients that have, it may be safer to have a C-section, and you should discuss this with your gastroenterologist before delivering.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.