Digestive Institute of Arizona

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment At Digestive Institute Of Arizona

When an individual acquires inflammatory bowel disease, it can be difficult to manage. Inflammation builds up in your intestines, causing various discomforts and interruptions. At the Digestive Institute of Arizona, our group of well-established gastroenterologists understands the effects of IBD and is committed to offering individualized treatment regimens for remission and better life quality.

Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic conditions: Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Although they are similar in some ways, they have important differences.

Common Symptoms of IBD

The most frequent symptoms of both Crohn’s disease and UC include:

Our Tailored Approach to IBD Treatment

The Digestive Institute of Arizona recognizes that IBD affects people differently. Our gastroenterologists’ treatment approach is comprehensive and considers your individual requirements, disease severity, and overall health. These are our treatment goals:

Treatment Options for IBD

The Digestive Institute of Arizona offers many treatment options for IBD:

Medicines

The medications we prescribe relate to controlling immune response, reducing inflammation, and preventing complications. These can encompass corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, aminosalicylates, and biologics.

Nutrition Therapy

Our registered dietitian will develop an individualized plan that targets your symptoms as well as maximizing your nutritional status. Some of these interventions might involve dietary changes, enteral feeding (liquid supplements), or parenteral nutrition (IV feeding).

Fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT)

This is a new treatment that entails transferring healthy gut bacteria into someone’s gut to establish stability.

Surgery

Sometimes, surgery might be needed to remove damaged parts of the bowel or treat complications, including obstructions and fistulas.

The Importance of a Team Approach

Beyond your gastroenterologist, there is a team of professionals from the Digestive Institute of Arizona, including nutritionists, mental health experts, and nurses to help you through each step of your treatment plan. We can collaborate with other specialists to provide you support during the process and increase your chances of managing IBD.

Living well with IBD

Although there isn’t any cure for IBD, you can still lead a fulfilling lifestyle once you have developed an ideal treatment plan alongside the necessary lifestyle changes. Our team can offer tips on:

Frequently Asked Questions

The time it takes to experience relief from symptoms varies depending on the severity of your IBD and the treatments prescribed. There are patients who may begin experiencing some relief within weeks, while others might take longer than that. We will closely monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
All drugs have side effects. Our team will inform you of potential side effects related to each drug we prescribe and monitor any signs of adverse effects.
Adhering to a good quality diet can help increase your health and alleviate the symptoms that you are experiencing. We will have a registered nutritionist work with you in creating a plan that can fit with your dietary requirements as well as manage your symptoms effectively.
There are some clinical trials on improved or novel therapies against IBD. Before responding to any concerns about participating in a clinical trial, our team must first assess whether you are a good candidate or not.