Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects over one million Americans. When left untreated, IBD can cause severe complications. However, under the care of a proficient colorectal expert, symptoms can be adequately managed and the disease can even go into remission.
Dr. Zuri Murrell is a board-certified colorectal surgeon, specializing in IBD treatment. In treating IBD, Dr. Murrell has two objectives:
- Give his patients total peace of mind, despite the sensitive nature of IBD
- Provide the most effective treatment possible, allowing his patients to get relief from IBD
With his level of compassion for each patient, Dr. Murrell provides among the best IBD treatment Los Angeles has available. To learn more or to set an appointment, please call his office today.
IBD vs. IBS
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are frequently confused due to the similarity of their names. They are, however, two very different conditions.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This is a collection of common bowel-related conditions, such as cramping, bloating and diarrhea. IBS is not a disease or chronic condition. It may be caused by food poisoning or an infection. It is simply a functional disorder and is not pathological in any way.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
As the name would suggest, this is a collection of diseases that leads to inflammation in the digestive tract. The symptoms may be isolated to one area or may be spread throughout the intestines, IBD can lead to unpleasant complications such as anal fistulas or malnutrition.
Specific IBD conditions
There are two primary conditions that are categorized under IBD. While these have similarities in their symptoms, there are pronounced discrepancies that cause each to be approached differently. Please feel free to learn more about these conditions by reading below. If you have any questions, give our office a call and we will be happy to help.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition of the bowels that develops gradually over time. While it is considered a chronic condition, it is not as severe as other inflammatory disorders of the intestines. Ulcerative colitis affects a single portion of the intestines and usually only affects the inner lining of the colon and rectum. Ulcerative colitis is unfortunately incurable. However, with Dr. Murrell’s swift, certain care, the symptoms can be adequately managed and patients can live relatively normal lives.
Signs and symptoms
Because ulcerative colitis can occur at any point along the digestive tract, it is diagnosed based on its location. Each type of ulcerative colitis produces slightly different symptoms. These are covered below:
- Ulcerative proctitis, affecting the rectum only. This form of ulcerative colitis produces relatively mild symptoms, such as rectal bleeding.
- Proctosigmoiditis, which affects the rectum and last portion of the colon. Proctosigmoiditis produces bloody diarrhea, constipation and abdominal cramps.
- Left-sided colitis, affecting the left-hand portion of the colon and the rectum. Symptoms of left-sided colitis include accidental weight loss, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
- Pancolitis usually affects the entire colon. The symptoms are harsh, including significant weight loss, fatigue and severe diarrhea.
Unlike ulcerative colitis, the location of Crohn’s disease is unspecific. It can affect different portions of the digestive tract depending on the patient. Left untreated, Crohn’s disease digs into the deeper layers of the colorectal tissues. The symptoms may become very severe.
While there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, Dr. Zuri Murrell is well versed in this disease. He can effectively manage symptoms and even bring about remission. With a reputation for delivering among the best IBD treatment in Los Angeles, he may be the perfect surgeon to help you find relief.
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease often stop and start without warning. Therefore, while it is a chronic disease, there are acute aspects of it. Symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Bloody fecal matter
- Ulcers in the digestive tract
IBD treatment options
Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are currently incurable. All treatment is geared towards managing symptoms to help the patient remain comfortable despite the disease. In some cases when swift, effective treatment is employed, the disease may go into long-term remission.
After a thorough consultation and examination, Dr. Murrell will decide the best course of treatment to help you get maximum relief. IBD treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs are frequently effective in minimizing inflammation of the bowels. While these may include side effects, any risks will be thoroughly discussed beforehand.
- Immune system suppressors don’t directly target the inflammation, but they can reduce it by simply reducing the activity of the immune system.
- Relatively generic medications can help patients get relief from the symptoms of IBD. These medications include laxatives, painkillers and anti-diarrheal medication.
- There are surgical options for IBD. In general, the purpose of surgery is to remove affected portions of the intestines, allowing the healthy portions to be reconnected. While surgery can effectively reduce and manage symptoms, there will still be follow-up appointments to continue to manage the disease. During your initial consultation, Dr. Murrell can answer any questions you have regarding IBD treatment in Los Angeles during your visit.
- The patient will undergo a colonoscopy to diagnose & further monitor the disease. Fortunately, Dr. Murrell delivers among the easiest colonoscopy Beverly Hills can lay claim to.
Schedule a consultation
If you feel you have IBD, it may be time to seek treatment. Dr. Murrell has a long record of helping patients find significant relief from IBD, allowing them to resume a normal, burden-free life. The first step is a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Murrell, during which time he will determine the exact condition, followed by an effective treatment plan that strives to give you the best IBD treatment Los Angeles has available. To get started, please call our office today.