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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

Inflammatory bowel disease causes uncomfortable and unpredictable symptoms that interfere with daily life and may lead to problems in your skin, joints, and eyes. The board-certified gastroenterologists and skilled medical team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York, have extensive experience relieving symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. They prescribe the latest biologic therapies to put your disease in remission and perform successful surgery when needed. To learn about your treatment options, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that covers two digestive diseases: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both conditions are chronic and get progressively worse without proper treatment.

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in your rectum and large intestine. The affected areas are continuous, with inflammation limited to the inner lining of the intestine. Your inflammation may stay confined to the rectum and lower part of the intestine or spread to cover the entire large intestine.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation anywhere in your digestive tract, but most often affects the small intestine. The inflammation penetrates deep into the intestinal walls, often occurring in patches of inflammation mixed with areas of normal tissue.

What symptoms develop due to inflammatory bowel disease?

The most common symptoms of both types of IBD are diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis cause fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and fever. You may also develop anemia.

If you have ulcerative colitis, you may have an urgent need to have a bowel movement. Inflammatory bowel disease can also cause symptoms outside your digestive tract, such as eye inflammation, joint pain, and skin conditions.

It’s also important to know that IBD increases your risk of colon cancer. Your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates can evaluate all your colon cancer risk factors and recommend when you should have colon cancer screening.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

The doctors at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates customize your treatment based on your overall health and the severity of your symptoms. Most patients with inflammatory bowel disease go through symptom flare-ups followed by periods of remission.

A comprehensive treatment plan for IBD aims to relieve your symptoms and keep your disease in remission. Your doctor may prescribe one of several types of medications that relieve abdominal pain, stop diarrhea, reduce inflammation, and suppress your immune system.

The team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates specializes in the latest biologic therapies to treat inflammatory bowel disease. By neutralizing immune system proteins, these medications decrease inflammation and put your disease into remission.

Do I need surgery for inflammatory bowel disease?

When your symptoms aren’t relieved with medication, your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates may recommend surgery to remove the damaged part of your intestine. Surgery provides long-lasting relief from Crohn’s disease and cures ulcerative colitis.

If you suffer from diarrhea and abdominal cramps, effective treatment is available at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.