Inflammatory Bowel Disease

At Coast Colorectal, we often assist Gold Coast and Tweed Coast patients who are experiencing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Here, we share some basic information about this condition.

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease might be referring to Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. These are inflammatory conditions of the bowel. Crohn’s Disease can affect any segment of the intestine but Ulcerative Colitis only affects the large bowel (also known as the colon).

In both cases, common symptoms include abdominal pains and diarrhoea that often has some blood. If you are concerned about any symptoms, consult your GP. Your GP might suggest a referral to Coast Colorectal in certain circumstances.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Colitis can be diagnosed through a colonoscopy. If a diagnosis is obtained, the next step is to manage the condition medically. A gastroenterologist can assist with this.

In some cases, medical therapy might not result in relief, or complications might arise, such as bowel obstruction, fistulas, or cancer. In these scenarios, surgery is the next line of treatment.

The surgical procedure involves removing some or all of the bowel. If you require surgical treatment for one of these conditions, your colorectal surgeon will explain your procedure in detail.

If you are experiencing Inflammatory Bowel Disease and would like to know more about the relevant procedures at Coast Colorectal, you can visit our pages about proctocolectomy or stomas.