Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist

Colorado Gastroenterology -  - Gastroenterologist

Colorado Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Denver, CO & Aurora, CO

Whether you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, any form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can range from extremely unpleasant to debilitating and dangerous. If you’re having symptoms of IBD, visit the experienced providers at Colorado Gastroenterology today at their offices in Denver, Aurora, or Golden. Call the office nearest you today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that describes two main chronic disorders of the digestive tract, especially the large intestine. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both disorders typically cause severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss, and they can be debilitating, or even life-threatening when left untreated.

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a form of IBD characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract. This inflammation can penetrate several layers deep into the tissue of your digestive organs, and most often affects the last portion of the small intestine as well as the large intestine, or colon.

Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease usually begin gradually, and can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in your stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Reduced appetite or weight loss
  • The formation of anal fistulas, or inflammation around the anus

You may sometimes experience brief periods where you have no signs or symptoms, called remission.

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and the appearance of ulcers and sores throughout your large intestine. Unlike Crohn’s disease, which can affect deeper layers of tissue, ulcerative colitis affects only the innermost layer.

Ulcerative colitis has no cure, but treatment at Colorado Gastroenterology can greatly reduce the appearance and severity of symptoms. Symptoms typically include:

  • Diarrhea, often containing blood or pus
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Rectal pain or bleeding
  • Urgent need to defecate
  • Inability to defecate despite the urge
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis typically occur gradually over time, and may disappear for periods of remission.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

To treat inflammatory bowel disease, the goal of the team at Colorado Gastroenterology is to reduce the inflammation that causes symptoms. Medication is available to reduce symptoms and eventually lead to long-term remission and reduced risk of complications. Depending on your symptoms and overall health, anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as immune system suppressors and antibiotics can all be helpful in treating IBD.

If you have IBD or are experiencing similar symptoms, call Colorado Gastroenterology today.

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