Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis)
One million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Approximately half have Crohn's disease; the other half has ulcerative colitis. The Center for Digestive Disorders at Boston Medical Center offers a variety of innovative medical, surgical and minimally invasive treatments for these painful diseases.
Crohn's disease is a serious inflammatory disease that can affect all layers of the gastrointestinal tract. Medications, including anti-inflammatory agents, can decrease inflammation and control symptoms. When these medications do not work sufficiently, surgery may be considered.
Ulcerative colitis affects the lining of the colon. Medications are also used to control this disease. If they do not work, surgery may be considered. We offer an innovative procedure in which the colon is removed and the small bowel is used to create a rectum. This helps patients avoid a stoma.
Ongoing research in immunology has resulted in many new treatments for these diseases.
Our Inflammatory Bowel Disease Practice Provides Comprehensive Diagnostic and Treatment for Patients With:
Diagnostic and Treatment Options