Bowel Diseases

Common bowel diseases we evaluate and treat:
  • Crohn’s Disease- a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterized by exacerbations and remissions. It can involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Surgery is sometimes needed to treat chronic symptoms or complications.
  • Ulcerative Colitis- a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is limited to the colon. Longstanding disease carries an increased risk of colon cancer. Surgery is the only cure for this and can be done with a J-pouch to avoid a colostomy or ileostomy.
  • Diverticulitis- inflammation of the colon caused by micro perforation of small outpouchings of the colon that are acquired. Often treated with antibiotics, but may require urgent or elective surgery.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome- unclear in etiology, but clinically patients have abdominal pain with intermittent diarrhea and constipation.
  • Colonic Inertia (Constipation)- decreased frequency of bowel movements. Many causes are easily diagnosed and treated with medication or surgery.
  • Colon Cancer- many patients can be cured of colon cancer with surgery alone. Chemotherapy is used as an adjunct to surgery in some patients. Diagnosing colon cancer early in its course offers a cure rate that approaches 100%.
  • Rectal Cancer- many patients can be cured of rectal cancer without the need for a colostomy (or bags) if they seek a colon and rectal specialist. Some patients receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy before or after surgery.
  • Anal Cancer- most patients are treated with surgery. The great majority of patients can be cured without the need for a colostomy (bag).