Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Both ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory bowel diseases that affect different parts of the intestines. These conditions can be extremely debilitating and dramatically impact an individual’s quality of life. Both UC and Crohn’s disease cause similar symptoms, including diarrhea and abdominal pain. Because of this, it can be challenging for both healthcare practitioners and patients to tell them apart. Before we look at the differences between the two, it’s important to note that inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s and UC are not irritable bowel syndromes (IBS). IBS is a common disorder that is characterized by muscle contractions of the bowel, whereas IBD is intestinal inflammation. Here at Surgical Associates of Mansfield, we offer a wide range of services designed to treat Crohn’s, UC, and other inflammatory bowel diseases. Some of these services include:

  • Surveillance colonoscopy
  • Medical management
  • Surgical management
  • Robotic Bowel Surgery
    • Robotic colectomy and proctectomy
    • Robotic colostomy and ileostomy revisions
    • Robotic ileal J-pouch reconstruction

Dr. Winston Chan is a fellowship trained Colon and Rectal surgery specialist who has years of experience treating patients who suffer from these common conditions. If you would like to learn more about our approach to treating IBD like Crohn’s and UC, please do not hesitate to give Surgical Associates of Mansfield a call today. We would be happy to discuss our services with you and ensure you have an in-depth understanding of your condition, as well as what treatment options are available to you.

About Crohn’s Disease

Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by Crohn’s disease. While anyone is at risk of developing the condition, the majority of people at risk are between the ages of 15 and 35. Crohn’s disease symptoms range from mild to severe and show up differently in each patient. Here is a look at some common facts about Crohn’s Disease:

  • Inflammation can occur anywhere in the GI tract from the anus to the mouth
  • The most common cases affect the end of the small intestine
  • In some cases Crohn’s disease appears in patches
  • In extreme cases it can extend through the bowel wall
  • 67% of people in remission from Crohn’s have at least one relapse within 5 years

Unfortunately, the exact causes of Crohn’s disease are unknown. However, many experts believe there are a handful of contributing factors that may cause Crohn’s, including genetics, the environment, and an overactive immune system. Contrary to popular belief, Crohn’s is not caused by diet.

About Ulcerative Colitis

Contrary to Crohn’s disease, UC is limited to the large intestine (colon and rectum). This type of inflammation commonly causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other similar symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the individual and their medical history. Similar to Crohn’s disease, the cause of UC is unknown, but experts believe it is linked to genetics, environmental factors, and an overactive immune system.

Here at Surgical Associates of Mansfield, we treat both Crohn’s and UC with laparoscopic surgery. As mentioned, Dr. Winston Chan is our robotic specialist trained in colon and rectal surgery. To learn more about how we can help you with the challenges that Crohn’s and UC present, please give us a call today and schedule a consultation.