Ulcerative Colitis Treatment in Encino
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that involves inflammation and sores in the lining of the rectum and colon. These ulcers can flare up and cause painful symptoms, eventually leading to colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis is a form of IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease, similar to Crohn's disease.
Ulcerative colitis most often begins between ages 15 and 30, although many people over 50 develop the disease, too. The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, but it may be associated with immune system dysfunction. Although stress and environmental factors are not causes, they can trigger symptoms. Symptoms may occur in sudden and severe flare-ups or begin gradually with mild symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
Ulcerative colitis treatment depends on the severity, but it may include drug therapy to induce and maintain remission, hospitalization to treat severe symptoms or surgery to remove the colon and rectum. Many people with ulcerative colitis as a chronic disease eventually have their colons removed due to excessive bleeding and a high risk of cancer. Valley Colorectal Surgeons can help you decide which ulcerative colitis treatment option is best for you.
Find state-of-the-art ulcerative colitis treatment at Valley Colorectal Surgeons. Call us at 818-387-8725 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our ulcerative colitis patients come to us from Los Angeles, Burbank, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Woodland Hills and Encino.