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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in Hattiesburg, MS

The CDC estimates that about three million Americans are living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If you’re one of them, it’s important to seek professional medical help. Otherwise, you run the risk of potentially life-threatening complications. At Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, with two convenient locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists uses conservative, integrative measures to effectively treat inflammatory bowel disease. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you, or book online today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease or IBD is a group of digestive disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes inflammatory bowel disease, but several factors may play a role, including diet, stress, and immune system malfunctions.

If you regularly experience digestive problems like severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, or weight loss, it’s important to seek professional medical help. The sooner you receive treatment, the less likely you are to experience more serious health problems.

What are the types of inflammatory bowel disease?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC treats both types of inflammatory bowel disease:

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers to form across the lining of your large intestine and rectum. 

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is also chronic. It causes your digestive tract to become swollen and inflamed. Over time, this inflammation can spread into your surrounding tissues, negatively affecting other parts of your body.

Who is at risk of inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease affects people of all races and genders, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being 30 or younger
  • Being of Caucasian or Ashkenazi Jewish descent
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

You’re also more likely to experience inflammatory bowel disease if the condition runs in your family. This is especially true if you have a sibling or parent with IBD.

How is inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed?

Diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease usually involves a combination of several screening procedures, including blood tests, endoscopy, and imaging techniques.

Following a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, your provider at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC might recommend:

  • SIBO testing 
  • Olympus ENDOCAPSULE endoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Balloon-assisted enteroscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • X-rays

They might also order an anemia test or a fecal occult blood test.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC guides treatment to reduce inflammation and minimize uncomfortable symptoms.

Depending on your health history, your provider might recommend anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, antibiotics, or pain relievers. You might also benefit from nutritional support like a low-residue diet, vitamins and supplements, injections, or Remicade® infusion.

Remicade is a type of drug therapy used to block the action of TNF-alpha protein. TNF-alpha protein is a protein that causes your immune system to attack healthy cells in your gastrointestinal tract. If diet, lifestyle changes, and medication don’t improve your symptoms, surgical intervention may be necessary. 

Don’t let inflammatory bowel disease keep you from living a healthy, active lifestyle. Schedule an appointment at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC today; call the office nearest you or book online today.