Your Mayo Clinic care team
Treating IBD involves specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colon and rectal surgery, radiology, laboratory medicine and pathology, and rheumatology, as well as skin and wound care and nutrition.
Having all this expertise in a single place means that your care is discussed among the team, test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination and the most highly specialized experts in the world are all working together for your health.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Mayo Clinic surgeons have experience diagnosing and treating IBD using the most current management and surgical techniques.
Mayo Clinic researchers helped develop noninvasive imaging techniques that make it possible for doctors to thoroughly inspect the small bowel, such as MR and CT enterography. These tests are more sensitive than conventional imaging for finding inflammation, pockets of bacterial infection (abscesses) and abnormal tunnels that develop between loops of intestine or between the intestine and other organs (fistulas).
Mayo Clinic doctors also use balloon-assisted enteroscopy to look for sources of bleeding that can't be found by other methods. During this procedure, a scope and an overtube with one or two attached balloons are inserted through your mouth or anus into your digestive tract. This method allows for deeper insertion and visualization of your small intestine.
Mayo's colorectal surgeons are committed to using minimally invasive surgical procedures, which are associated with less pain and fewer complications.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for Children specialize in providing the care that children require for IBD, including diagnostic tests that don't expose your child to radiation and alternative medications that reduce the need for steroids.
IBD often takes an even greater physical and emotional toll on young people, slowing their growth. At Mayo Clinic, young people and their families work closely with psychologists who can help them navigate the day-to-day difficulties of living with ulcerative colitis.
Specialized pregnancy care
Women with IBD can usually have successful pregnancies, especially if they can keep the disease in remission during pregnancy. It's important to work with a high-risk obstetrician and a gastroenterologist specializing in IBD. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise and experience guiding women with IBD through pregnancy and delivery.
Aug. 09, 2017