Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that describes the chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract due to an abnormal immune response. Normally, immune cells work to protect the body from infection. In individuals with IBD, the immune cells mistake contents of the gastrointestinal tract for foreign entities and launch an attack against the body’s own normal cells. This autoimmune response leads to inflammation and a variety of other painful or discomforting symptoms.
The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions occur by the same autoimmune mechanism, but typically affect different regions of the digestive tract. IBD should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a much less serious condition that affects the motility of the colon.
The IBD Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons specializing in the comprehensive management of inflammatory bowel disease. Patients treated at our state-of-the-art outpatient center in Beverly Hills receive highly individualized care with exceptional outcomes. To learn more about IBD or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, contact us at (888) 421-4172.
Facts about IBD
- IBD affects an estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S.
- Genetic, immunologic, and environmental factors are believed to play a role.
- 20% of cases occur in people who have a relative with IBD.
- The peak age of onset is 15-30 years.
- The condition is more prevalent in people of Caucasian and Ashkenazic Jewish origin.
- The ulcerative form of IBD occurs more frequently in males, whereas incidence of Crohn’s is slightly higher in females.
- IDB places you at a higher risk for diseases of the liver and gallbladder, as well as colorectal cancer.
Comprehensive Management of IBD
Treatment for IBD depends largely on the location and severity of inflammation, as well as the presence of complications within the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, an individualized treatment plan is necessary for the most effective relief from IBD. Our doctors are expertly trained in the comprehensive management of IBD, and offer a variety of conservative therapeutic options, including medications and alternative treatments to relieve painful IBD symptoms.
For patients with more severe cases of IBD, surgery may be the most effective option. At the IBD Center of Excellence, our colorectal and GI surgeons are expertly trained in minimally invasive and bowel-sparing procedures. These surgical techniques can reduce the risk of complications, shorten recovery time, and help preserve normal bowel function.
Contact an IBD Specialist in Beverly Hills
At the IBD Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, we deliver a compassionate, patient-centered approach for the management of inflammatory bowel disease. Our team consists of world-renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who have trained at some of the top medical schools in the country, and possess a wealth of experience in the comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of IBD. For more information on IBD or to schedule a consultation with an IBD specialist, please call (888) 421-4172 or fill out our contact form.
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