Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause long-lasting pain and other symptoms. There are no cures for the condition, but thankfully there are options for reducing ulcerative colitis symptoms that impact quality of life. In this article, we are going to talk about ulcerative colitis – its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
With ulcerative colitis, inflammation and ulcers develop in the inner lining of the digestive tract (primarily the large intestine and rectum). Here are some of the symptoms and signs that may indicate ulcerative colitis:
- Pain or cramping in the abdomen
- Rectal pain or bleeding
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms often develop gradually over time.
Treating Ulcerative Colitis
When dealing with ulcerative colitis, the essential first step is to get a full and accurate diagnosis of the condition. You can’t hope to effectively treat your symptoms if you don’t understand the underlying cause. A gastroenterologist can pinpoint a diagnosis by performing several tests such as: blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and more. Once you have a diagnosis, your physician can walk you through your options for treatment. Typically, ulcerative colitis is best treated with drug therapy or surgery. The best treatment option for you will depend on your specific situation. Talk with your doctor about your treatment options.
Gastrointestinal Surgery in MN
Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is a skilled gastrointestinal surgeon, with over 20 years in practice and more than 40,000 advanced GI procedures performed over that time period. He is also one of the only GI doctors in Minnesota to specialize in the treatment of liver diseases. At. Bhatti GI, we take the time necessary to provide unparalleled care to each and every one of our patients. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at one of our clinics – located in Chaska and Edina.