Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program Conditions and Treatments
Diagnostic and Treatment Options
Temple’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program offers comprehensive diagnosis, monitoring and treatment options for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Getting the Picture
A customized plan means gaining an understanding of the patient’s history and needs, followed by diagnostic testing. This may include blood tests, endoscopy (imaging tests that look inside the bowel), biopsies to determine the extent of tissue damage, and other techniques — to inform future treatment.
Your Temple team has access to the most up-to-date diagnostic options to get the best possible sense of your condition.
IBD therapy aims to relieve symptoms, limit flare-ups, prevent or treat complications, correct nutritional deficiencies, and attain a better day-to-day quality of life. Therapies available at Temple include:
General health and monitoring (e.g., GI symptoms, anemia, infections)
Screening for treatment side effects (e.g., skin, liver, surgical site)
Colonoscopy (with chromoendoscopy) to screen for colorectal dysplasia
Vaccinations and early treatment of routine health problems
Most surgical treatments for IBD aim to remove damaged parts of the bowel or associated organs, while preserving as much healthy function as possible. Many are performed using minimally invasive or robotic techniques.
Surgical options may include:
Intestinal resection (removal of damaged parts of the bowel)
Ileostomy or colostomy
Other — Repair of bleeding, fissures, fistulas; draining of abscess; special perianal procedures; double balloon enteroscopy repairs of small intestine; interventional radiologic procedure to drain an abscess