Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the gastrointestinal tract. It causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the digestive system, leading to numerous symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.
Crohn's burdens patients of Digestive Medicine Associates because it is a chronic illness that can significantly impact their quality of life, leading to physical and emotional distress. However, our gastroenterologist can help by providing expert care to manage symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent complications. They can prescribe medications, advise on lifestyle changes, and work with other healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs.
What is Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects any part of the digestive tract. The immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in the digestive tract, causing inflammation and damage to the lining of the intestines. Symptoms of Crohn's disease may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition.
The exact cause of Crohn's disease is not fully understood, but genetic and environmental factors might play a role. Treatment for Crohn's disease typically involves medication to reduce inflammation, manage symptoms, and prevent complications. Surgery may be beneficial in severe cases to remove damaged portions of the digestive tract.
When to Consult Our Gastroenterologist
During your consultation for Crohn's, our gastroenterologist will typically discuss your medical history and symptoms, perform a physical examination, and may order diagnostic tests such as blood tests, stool tests, imaging studies, or endoscopy. They'll also discuss the potential causes and risk factors for Crohn's disease and the available treatment options, including medications, lifestyle changes, and surgical interventions. Our gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage symptoms and reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have questions or concerns regarding Crohn's disease and want to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Digestive Medicine Associates, call (305) 822-4107.