Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a debilitating long term condition that requires continuous monitoring through phases of the disease, including the flares and remissions.
Patients are increasingly diagnosed with IBD as it is better recognized and modern testing is more accurate. Ideally, flares can be minimized and the disease controlled with appropriate advice and treatment. We have trained in this subspecialty area both here and abroad and conducted research in the field. As a patient, the current aim is to improve on your quality of life by reducing symptoms and preventing long term consequences of the condition.
A consultation with a specialist with subspecialty interest in IBD would allow for an assessment and advice with regard to what the current state of your condition is and the prospects for therapy. Medical therapy will need to be tailored to how active or severe the condition is.
Currently treatments are numerous, and the best option should be considered taking into account your circumstances and acceptance of potential side effects.
In complex or long-standing disease, careful planned timely introduction of surgery can improve your condition and allow for a much improved quality of life. We would only consider this, taking into account your expectations, together with an opinion from our trusted surgical colleagues, especially when there is no medical treatment option.
The initial step in assessment of your IBD, would be to consult with you, obtain a history of the course and current state of your condition. Providing us with any previous test results, colonoscopy, biopsy and scan reports will help to complete the initial assessment of your condition.