Ryan Stevens, a former college swimmer, lost 65 pounds when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. After experiencing life-threatening symptoms from the disease and receiving no relief from conservative methods of treatment, Stevens decided to undergo surgery for Crohn’s disease.

After his colectomy, in which he had five feet of his colon removed, and two subsequent procedures to reconnect his intestine to his rectum, Stevens was finally free from the severe symptoms that had been plaguing him. He gained 11 pounds within a week, and continued to regain his strength. Now he plans to swim the 26-mile span across Lake Erie to promote Crohn’s Disease awareness, something he would have been unable to accomplish prior to the surgery.

Stevens is not alone in this fight against Crohn’s and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The disease affects at least 1.4 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while conservative treatment options for Crohn’s may be suitable for some patients, often as many as up to 75 percent of patients require surgery for Crohn’s disease.

If you suffer from Crohn’s, or another form of IBD, our world-class colorectal and gastrointestinal surgeons specialize in inflammatory bowel disease treatment in Los Angeles. Please contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence today if you are interested in speaking with an IBD doctor in Los Angeles.

Types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In general, inflammatory bowel disease refers to the chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract due to an abnormal immune response. However, the disease can be divided into two main types of IBD:

Crohn’s Disease – Crohn’s is a chronic inflammation that may occur anywhere in the GI tract.  Patients with Crohn’s are at a higher risk for complications associated with IBD.

Ulcerative Colitis – This type of IBD affects only the top layers of colonic tissue. Patients with ulcerative colitis typically are less at risk for complications and require surgery less often than patients with Crohn’s. However, removal of the colon can cure ulcerative colitis.

To learn more about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as treatment options for IBD disease in Los Angeles, please don’t hesitate to contact our surgery center.

Diagnosing IBD

IBD has many symptoms associated with it, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia in severe cases of bleeding

IBD specialists diagnose inflammatory bowel disease based on a series of physical exams and lab work, which can help determine if the disease is present, and if so, what level of severity it is.

Crohn’s Disease and IBD Treatment Options

There are many treatment options available for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. An inflammatory bowel disease doctor will first try IBD medications and other conservative methods of treatment, before rendering surgical treatment necessary. When non-surgical treatment is ineffective and the disease becomes severe, your doctor may prescribe one of the following procedures:

Segmental resection – This procedure is typically performed on Crohn’s patients, and involves a small bowel resection to remove the damaged portion of the intestinal tract. To learn more about segmental resection in Los Angeles, please contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence.

Colectomy – A colectomy involves the removal of damaged portions of the intestinal tract, but only within the colon. You can speak with one of our IBD specialists to find out if you are a candidate for a colectomy in Los Angeles.

Contact an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist in Los Angeles

If you are interested in learning more about IBD treatment in Los Angeles, please don’t hesitate to contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence.

You can schedule a consultation with an inflammatory bowel disease doctor in Los Angeles by calling (888) 421-4127 or by filling out our online contact form.

Next, read about the causes of IBD.