Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Digestive Disease Institute

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

An accurate diagnosis is essential to being able to provide the best care for IBD patients. IBD is a complex condition and sometimes a diagnosis can take time. Some conditions may symptomatically mimic IBD, and doctors need to rule out other possible causes of symptoms. Our skilled team of experts specialize in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease based on individual symptoms, clinical assessment and evaluation of test results.

Our IBD Program offers a variety of specialized diagnostic tests to help us properly assess the condition, including:

  • Gastroscopy: A procedure where a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the mouth and through the esophagus to assess the health of the esophagus, stomach, and the duodenum.
  • Colonoscopy: A procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera to look inside the colon and the end of the small bowel.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: A thin, flexible tube with a camera is used to look inside the rectum and the lower portion of the colon.
  • Balloon-assisted enteroscopy: This is a technique that uses a balloon to allow a camera to enter the small bowel and look at areas that cannot be assessed on regular endoscopy or colonoscopy.

During these procedures, tissue samples can be obtained and analyzed in the lab for accurate diagnosis.

Capsule endoscopy: A test that involves swallowing a pill-shaped wireless camera. The camera takes pictures of the inside of the entire digestive tract and can help see areas of the bowel that are not visibly accessible through a regular endoscopy.

Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRE): A non-invasive imaging test that takes pictures of the digestive tract, allowing physicians to identify abnormalities in the bowel.

CT scan: An imaging test that produces images of the organs and can detect complications of IBD, such as intestinal blockages.

Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

There are many approaches to treating and managing IBD. These include:

  • Medications (pills, injections, infusions or topical treatments)
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Surgical procedures, including minimally invasive techniques. Our colorectal surgery team offers specialized surgical procedures for IBD such as pouch reconstructions for certain eligible patients.
  • Nutritional evaluation, education and support
  • Close monitoring and management of potential condition- or medication-related complications
  • Complementary or alternative treatment.
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Meet Our Team

Treatment of IBD involves several teams of caregivers working together to provide comprehensive and holistic care for our patients. Members of the team include:

  • Physicians (gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other specialists)
  • Clinic nurses and a dedicated IBD nurse coordinator
  • Advanced nutrition experts
  • Dieticians
  • Pharmacists
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