Crohn's disease care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, a wide array of specialists with expertise in digestive diseases (gastroenterology), surgery, pathology, radiology and nutrition care work together to provide the care you need for Crohn's disease. Mayo's collaborative approach means a wide array of specialists work with you and your personal physician so that you'll get exactly the care you need.

Nutritional support

Absorbing nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can be a problem for people with Crohn's disease, especially after bowel surgery. At Mayo Clinic, dietitians with expertise in inflammatory bowel disease are part of your treatment team. If your digestive problems are severe, Mayo specialists may recommend special diets or home parenteral nutrition.

Pediatric expertise

Crohn's disease often takes an even greater physical and emotional toll on young people, slowing their growth and delaying sexual maturation. At Mayo Clinic, young patients and their families work closely with a psychologist who can help them navigate the day-to-day difficulties of living with Crohn's disease.

The longer a person has Crohn's disease, the more likely that complications will occur. Through the years, Mayo Clinic specialists can provide careful, long-term monitoring and also help with decisions about school and other activities.

Mayo Clinic also uses advanced diagnostic tests, such as MR enterography, that don't expose children to ionizing X-ray radiation, which can be a concern when repeated imaging tests are needed.

Specialized pregnancy care

Many women with Crohn's disease worry about their ability to conceive or give birth to a healthy baby, but most can have a successful pregnancy and delivery. However, it's very important that both men and women with Crohn's disease who wish to have a child talk to their doctors. The disease and its treatments may affect the pregnancy and increase the risk of early labor or birth defects.

It's also important to work with a high-risk obstetrician and a gastroenterologist specializing in Crohn's disease. Mayo Clinic doctors have special expertise in guiding women with Crohn's disease through pregnancy and delivery.