Ulcerative Colitis Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory bowel disease and it appears at a young age, with most people diagnosed between the ages of 15-30. Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York, offers advanced treatments that relieve your diarrhea and abdominal pain and help keep your disease in remission so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. To get symptom relief and prevent future complications, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

Ulcerative Colitis Q & A

What causes ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the inner lining of your rectum and large intestine. The inflammation and ulcers may only appear in the lower end of your digestive tract or the condition may progressively spread to affect the entire large intestine.

Though the cause of ulcerative colitis is still unknown, medical experts identified a genetic tendency. Your risk of developing the condition is four times higher if you have a first-degree relative, such as a parent, sibling, or child, who is diagnosed with the disease.

What symptoms develop due to ulcerative colitis?

Most patients with ulcerative colitis go through periods of symptom flare-ups alternating with remission. The severity of your symptoms depends on the extent of your inflammation. The most common symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in stools
  • Urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Bowel movements during the night
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

The slow but ongoing loss of blood may cause anemia. Additionally, nearly half of all patients with ulcerative colitis develop symptoms beyond their digestive tract, including skin rashes, joint pain, and eye inflammation.

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

Your doctor at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates reviews your medical history and symptoms, performs an examination, and may request additional diagnostic testing such as blood tests, stool testing, and diagnostic imaging.

You may also need a colonoscopy, which allows your doctor to visually examine the inside of your large intestine, determine the extent and severity of your inflammation, and take biopsies.

How is ulcerative colitis treated?

The doctors at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates use all modalities to treat mild to severe ulcerative colitis. Your treatment may include medications to decrease inflammation, stop diarrhea, alleviate pain, and trigger remission. 

The doctors specialize in today’s most advanced biologic therapies to bring your symptoms into remission. Biologics often help when you don’t respond to other medications.

Your doctor may recommend surgery if medications fail to help or you develop complications such as toxic megacolon or precancerous lesions. While surgery can cure ulcerative colitis, it typically involves removing a significant part or all of the colon.

To get relief from symptoms of ulcerative colitis, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.