Ulcerative Colitis

The form of inflammatory bowel disease

Colorado’s Premier Source for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

Paving Your Path Toward an Optimal Recovery

Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammable bowel disease (IBD) that affects the large intestine and can lead to open sores, ulcers, and other serious health concerns. Similar to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis can produce severe, symptomatic complications that require the expertise of healthcare professionals who know how to properly address and manage this unique condition.

Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology’s team of world-class physicians, clinical specialists, and front office staff provide comprehensive treatment and compassionate care to Colorado patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. If you or a loved one is dealing with IBD or ulcerative colitis, RMG delivers the best possible care for patients of all ages. Learn more about how ulcerative colitis can impact your daily life and discover how our GI practitioners can help.

Understanding the Impact of Ulcerative Colitis

The root causes of chronic inflammatory disorders like ulcerative colitis are still unknown. In the past, environmental factors like stress and poor nutrition were thought to be major contributors, but new research suggests family genes and abnormal immune responses play more significant roles.

While ulcerative colitis can sometimes diminish on its own, the disease often requires treatment in order to reduce its presence. There is no cure for ulcerative colitis, but Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology applies the latest medical advancements to effectively alleviate symptoms and send this disease into long-term remission.

Ulcerative Colitis – Symptoms & Risk Factors

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can vary in form and severity. The most common symptoms can range from persistent cramping or abdominal pain, bloody stool, frequent episodes of diarrhea, chronic fatigue, dehydration, and unintentional weight loss. Ulcerative colitis can affect anyone, though people at more risk for developing this condition include those who are between the ages of 15-30, have a family history of IBD, or come from a specific ethnic background, particularly of Jewish descent.

When left unchecked, ulcerative colitis is known to lead to more potential health complications like severe bleeding, swelling and perforations in the colon, osteoporosis, and an increased risk for blood clots and colon cancer. If you are experiencing prolonged or persistent discomfort and suspect you may have ulcerative colitis, seeking timely medical treatment will provide relief, help prevent complications, and improve your long-term health.

Diagnosis & Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

Diagnosing ulcerative colitis can be challenging due to its overlapping symptoms with other gastrointestinal disorders. A comprehensive approach involving medical history, a physical examination, and diagnostic tests is necessary to confirm its presence. These tests may include abdominal tenderness checks, rectal exams, stool tests, and blood tests. Imaging techniques like colonoscopy and endoscopy can also identify abnormalities and rule out other potential causes.

Our treatments for ulcerative colitis include medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, antibiotics to treat infections, and biologic therapies that target specific proteins involved in the disease process. In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the affected portion of the large intestine. We also provide ongoing cancer screenings for ulcerative colitis patients due to their increased risk.

Embrace a Future Beyond Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis doesn’t have to dictate the boundaries of your life. With our comprehensive treatment plans and personalized care, Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology is here to alleviate your discomfort and ensure a healthier, more vibrant you. We take pride in providing a warm and nurturing environment where Colorado patients can feel confident knowing they’ll receive the gold standard in gastrointestinal care.

If IBD and ulcerative colitis are affecting your quality of life, take a decisive step toward regaining command of your overall health. Contact our staff and schedule an initial visit to your nearest RMG office location today.

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