IBD Treatment in Encino, CA
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of conditions that cause inflammation of the intestine and result in abdominal pain and diarrhea. IBD includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which affect different areas of the stomach but share many of the same symptoms. Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease may include severe abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea, bloody stool, involuntary appetite reduction and weight loss. Crohn's disease is a chronic disease with no cure, while many cases of ulcerative colitis can be cured by surgically removing the colon.
IBD is most common between 15 and 30, although it may affect younger children, as well. The cause of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is still unknown. Medical science believes it is a combination of environment, diet and genetics. Your doctor may diagnose inflammatory bowel disease with blood tests, colonoscopy (colon cancer treatment) and barium studies.
Many cases of IBD can be effectively managed with anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressive agents, which prevent the immune system from attacking the body. Surgery is an IBD treatment that may be required for severe cases and will depend on your individual condition.
Get state-of-the-art IBD treatment at Valley Colorectal Surgeons. Call us at 818-387-8725 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our IBD patients come to us from Los Angeles, Burbank, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Woodland Hills and Encino.