What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease in which inflammation triggers a number of difficult symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Frequent diarrhea
- Unintended weight loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor appetite
- Bloody stools
- Skin or joint inflammation
- Anal abscess or fistula
The inflammation can occur anywhere from your mouth to your anus, but it commonly affects the lower part of your small intestine and your colon.
Are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis the same thing?
No, they are two different conditions in the spectrum of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and can have very similar symptoms. The main differences are:
Ulcerative colitis is only in your colon, and Crohn's disease can occur anywhere in your digestive tract.
The areas of inflammation
In Crohn's disease, you have a partly healthy digestive tract, with only patchy areas of inflammation. In ulcerative colitis, inflammation generally occurs throughout the colon.
The area of pain
Although both conditions cause abdominal pain, the location may be different.
The differences between these two conditions can be quite subtle, which is why you need to see an expert like Dr. Araghizadeh for diagnosis and treatment.
How is Crohn’s disease treated?
Surgical treatment for Crohn’s Disease is specific to each patient and depends on its severity. Dr. Araghizadeh will review your diagnostic tests and will determine the ideal treatment approach.
Most patients get relief from nonsurgical solutions like medication and dietary changes. But, if your Crohn’s disease causes complications like bowel perforation, intestinal blockage, or other serious problems, surgery is usually the right solution.
You could need surgery if medication isn’t effective, or if your medication causes too many side effects. There are several options for surgery, including:
- Bowel resection to remove parts of your colon
- Colectomy to remove your entire colon
- Proctocolectomy to remove your colon and rectum
- Stricturoplasy to relieve a narrowing without a resection
Dr. Araghizadeh specializes in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgeries, and he always strives to use the most conservative approach to treating Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Araghizadeh can also perform ileal pouch anal anastomosis to create a new path for stool storage and elimination. This means you won’t need a permanent ileostomy or colostomy bag.
You can count on Farshid Araghizadeh, MD, MBA, for effective Crohn’s disease treatment. Book your appointment online or by phone now.