There has been a dramatic increase in hospitalization of U.S. children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. The study, which examined more than 11 million hospitalization records of patients 20-years-old and younger over the past decade, found that there was a 65 percent increase in IBD hospital discharges.
The findings of this study are significant because they show that IBD is a serious condition that must be treated in its earliest onset. If you believe you or your child have IBD and are interested in treatment options, please don’t hesitate to call the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence and speak with an expert IBD doctor in Los Angeles. Our world-renowned IBD specialists can diagnose and determine the best treatment option for you.
What Is IBD?
IBD is the chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract as a result of an abnormal immune response. While anyone can develop the disease, the most common causes of IBD are genetic predispositions and environmental risk factors (such as living in underdeveloped areas).
There are many types of IBD, but the two most common are Crohn’s disease – which tends to be localized in the small intestine and upper portion of the large intestine – and ulcerative colitis – which afflicts the large intestine, colon and rectum. One of our IBD specialists can help determine which type of IBD you have and treat your condition accordingly.
How Can You Tell If Your Child Has IBD?
Diagnosing IBD usually involves a series of exams that test for the different types of the disease. However, if you are concerned that you or your child has IBD, there are many symptoms to watch out for:
- Loosening of the stool
- Abdominal pain
- Urgency to have a bowel movement
- Abdominal cramping
- Rapid weight loss
- Rectal bleeding (which can cause anemia in rare cases)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to speak to an inflammatory bowel disease specialist in Los Angeles, you can contact our surgery center and schedule a consultation to find out about treatment options.
Treatment Options for IBD
There are non-surgical treatment options for patients with mild versions of IBD, but for those with more severe, incapacitating symptoms, there are many innovative procedures available.
- Colectomy – For patients with severe damage to the colon, a total or partial removal of the colon may be the best course of action for providing relief. For more information about undergoing a colectomy in Los Angeles, please contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence.
- Strictureplasty – Patients who suffer from a narrowing of the intestinal tract may need to undergo strictureplasty, which involves a widening of the obstructed portion of the intestine.
- Laparoscopy – When chronic inflammation of the intestines causes digestive complications, your may be a candidate for laparoscopy, a procedure that repairs damage in the intestines and other abdominal organs.
- Segmental resection – This procedure involves the removal of the damaged part of the small intestine, which helps prevent complications like bowel obstruction. Contact one of our IBD specialists to learn more about segmental resection in Los Angeles.
Contact an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist in Los Angeles
If you are experiencing painful symptoms of IBD and are looking for the best IBD treatment in Los Angeles, please contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence and schedule a consultation with a world-renowned inflammatory bowel disease doctor.
You can contact our team of colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeons by calling or by filling out our online contact form.
Next, read about non-surgical treatments for IBD.