Crohn’s Disease, while we don’t know what causes it, creates inflammation in the bowels. This causes severe diarrhea, cramping and abdominal pain leading to fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. If Crohn’s Disease goes untreated, it could lead to life-threatening risks because during flare ups the body is unable to absorb nutrients. Treatments are available with Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center for this and other intestinal diseases.
Treating Intestinal Diseases
With a disease like Crohn’s, there are a few options available for treatment:
Medication. There is no cure for Crohn’s, but medicine can reduce symptoms and possibly put the patient into remission.
Bowel Rest. When a flare up occurs, doctors may prescribe resting the bowels for a few days or weeks. The patient may only drink clear liquids. IV nutrition is given to provide the needed nutrients. Intestines are given a chance to rest and heal during this time.
Surgery. Even surgery cannot cure Crohn’s disease, but it can improve symptoms. Fistulas, bleeding and bowel obstructions can be helped with a small bowel resection (removal of part of the small intestine), or a subtotal colectomy (removal of part of the large intestine).
A more extreme surgery for severe symptoms and risks is the proctocolectomy and ileostomy surgery. A removal of the patient’s entire colon and rectum, the ileostomy is a stoma (opening in the abdomen) that a surgeon creates where an external pouch attaches to the stoma and collects the intestinal contents.
Remission and relief from Crohn’s inflammation is possible with treatment. The goal of NVSCC is to increase the patient’s quality of life as much as possible. Discover what treatments are available to you with leading physicians in the field and Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.