The specialists at UPMC in Central Pa. provide personalized surgical and nonsurgical treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
At UPMC, our colon and rectal care specialists understand that IBD affects each person differently. That’s why we provide expert diagnosis and personalized treatment that addresses your specific needs and preferences.
Whether you need surgical or nonsurgical treatment, we take a team approach to your care. We work closely with other medical specialists — including family doctors, gastroenterologists, and registered dietitians — to prevent complications, improve your quality of life, and provide you with comprehensive IBD treatment.
Our experts use leading-edge technology and techniques to diagnose and treat IBD. We offer a full range of tests and treatments, including:
Our board-certified colon and rectal surgeons are skilled in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical techniques. Whenever possible, we use sphincter-preserving techniques and other approaches that preserve natural bowel function. Our surgeons will use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to shorten your recovery time, decrease pain, and improve outcomes.
Surgical procedures to treat inflammatory bowel disease include:
IBD is a chronic or recurring condition that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. There are two main types of IBD: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
If you have ulcerative colitis, inflammation will be limited to the colon and rectum. Crohn’s disease usually affects the small intestine and colon, but inflammation can also occur in other parts of your digestive tract.
If left untreated, IBD can cause serious complications, such as open sores, tears, or infections in your intestinal lining, as well as malnutrition and bowel obstruction. It also increases your risk of developing colorectal cancer.
The symptoms of IBD can vary depending on the location of the inflammation and may range from mild to severe. In many cases, people with IBD experience “flare-ups” of symptoms, followed by periods of remission. Symptoms of IBD may include:
Although the exact cause of IBD is yet to be understood, researchers believe that IBD could be caused by a problem with your immune system. Family history may also put you at a higher risk of developing the disease.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent IBD. However, if you’ve already been diagnosed with IBD, avoiding IBD “triggers” may help you prevent flare-ups and manage your condition. You should pay attention to which foods and drinks seem to make your symptoms worse so you can avoid them in the future. You should also aim to minimize stress and get regular exercise.
(Formerly Gastro Associates of York)
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UPMC Specialty Care Gastroenterology's providers have advanced training in digestive medicine and are board-certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine. Our office is proud to be a part of UPMC in central Pa.'s Specialty Care practice network.
You can find our office (formerly Gastro Associates of York) in York, PA on Southfield Drive off of Leader Heights Road. We're just a short drive off Interstate 83. Call 717-741-1414 to make an appointment today.
Your gastrointestinal (GI) system is one of the most important aspects of your health. When you suffer from digestive issues, it can be painful -- and even harmful if left untreated. If you think you might suffer from one of the conditions below, be sure to call us at 717-741-1414 to schedule an appointment.
UPMC Specialty Care Gastroenterology offers a variety of procedures to help treat your GI issues including:
Our outstanding team of colon rectal surgeons, including those at UPMC Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgery, perform a full range of open and minimally invasive procedures such as colonoscopy, colon surgery, hemorrhoid removal, and treatment of anorectal conditions. Our board certified surgeons perform both laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques which can reduce pain, reduce the amount of time you spend in the hospital, and shorten the time it takes to heal from a surgical procedure.
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