ibd-frequently-asked-questions-los-angeles-ibd-treatmentAt the IBD Center of Excellence, our team of renowned colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists take pride in providing comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) from our patients.

Is IBD the same as IBS?

No, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) are two different conditions of the digestive system that require very different treatment plans. IBD, often classified as either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract due to an abnormal immune system function. IBS is a less serious disorder of the digestive system that does not cause inflammatory damage to the intestines and typically presents with mild symptoms, such as bloating, gas, or constipation.

How can I tell if I have IBD?

Most individuals with IBD begin to notice symptoms between the ages of 15-30. IBD typically causes mild symptoms with brief, intermittent flare-ups that may require medical attention. Without the proper treatment, IBD may lead to serious complications within the intestinal tract that often require surgery. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is important to consult a doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Bowel movement urgency
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea

How is IBD treated?

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic condition that cannot be cured. However, the goal of treatment is to control symptoms, improve quality of life, and decrease the risk of complications. Most patients find conservative therapy, including medication and diet modification, to be very effective at relieving painful or discomforting symptoms.

The majority of individuals with Crohn’s disease will require surgery at some point in their life to repair inflammatory damage to the intestinal tract. A smaller percentage of patients with ulcerative colitis require surgery. When surgery is necessary, our colorectal surgeons aim to isolate the damage and preserve bowel function through the following procedures:

  • Small bowel resection
  • Colectomy
  • Strictureplasty

At the IBD Center of Excellence, our surgeons are experienced in the most advanced minimally invasive approach to intestinal surgery, known as laparoscopy. This approach is used whenever possible and can reduce pain, scarring, and recovery time for our patients.

What type of doctor treats patients with IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease often requires both the medical management of painful or discomforting symptoms and the surgical treatment of complications within the intestinal tract. The IBD Center of Excellence houses expert gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who are specially trained in the comprehensive care of digestive disorders, including IBD. Since our healthcare team combines both specialties, our patients benefit from closely monitored and efficient care throughout the course of their condition.

What makes the IBD Center of Excellence unique?

The IBD Center of Excellence offers a world-class team of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons specializing in the treatment of IBD. Our patients experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment at La Peer Health Systems. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available, and a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.

What if I have questions or concerns about IBD?

Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding symptoms, complications, or treatment of IBD please contact the IBD Center of Excellence at (888) 421-4172.

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