If you’re struggling with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and don’t know where else to turn, contact the team at Houston Colon right way. As the Houston, TX area’s premier choice for colorectal care, we proudly offer minimally invasive, robot surgical solutions for those requiring treatment for their inflammatory bowel disease. Don’t let further damage compromise the proper functionality of the GI tract. Allow our team of double board-certified surgeons to treat your condition so you can get back to living the happy and comfortable life you deserve. Learn more about our IBD treatments and how our reputation for comprehensive colorectal care is second to none.

Understanding IBD

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term that refers to two conditions – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both conditions result in chronic inflammation in all or part of the digestive tract that can work to damage the gastrointestinal (GI) tract significantly over time. For a closer look at how we diagnose and treat these two instances of IBD, keep reading:

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is characterized by severe inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

While there’s no known cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission. With treatment, many people with Crohn’s disease are able to function well.

Sometimes surgery is recommended to control the symptoms. Our surgeons at Houston Colon are among the world’s experts in providing safe and minimally invasive approaches. We perform robotic procedures to remove the disease without the need for a large wide-open incision which can lead to many complications. We perform most of the procedures without the need for a colostomy bag and we are known for our expertise to remove or reverse a colostomy if you have already had one.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause severe inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine and rectum and symptoms can develop rapidly or over a long range of time.

Ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications such as bleeding, malnutrition, and perforation. While it has no known cure, treatment can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease and even bring about long-term remission.

Sometimes medications are not successful, and surgery is required. Our specialists at Houston Colon are experts in providing safe and minimally invasive approaches to removing the disease. We are one of the premier groups in the country offering robotic surgery to avoid a large incision and the associated complications. With our state-of-the-art surgical technique, we can non-invasively remove the disease and construct an ileal pouch anal-anastomosis (IPAA) known as j-pouch surgery. In this procedure, we remove your colon and rectum and use the end of your small intestine, known as the ileum, to form an internal pouch (which is commonly shaped like a J.). This procedure allows you to avoid a stoma or ileostomy and have bowel continuity.

Improve Surgery Through Laparoscopic and Robotic Techniques

Over the years, we’ve come to find many surgeons are stuck in the past, performing open surgeries far more than necessary. At Houston Colon, All of the operations are performed in a minimally invasive way. Robotic and Laparoscopic techniques improve recovery time and give our patients a reliable and innovative solution to treating diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Contact us today to learn more.