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Guts to Glory

Sam and Laura Kirstein first met in college where they both were runners on the school's athletic teams. They had one other thing in common: both had been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Sam had ulcerative colitis; Laura had Crohn's disease. And for both, IBD soon halted their active lifestyles. As their symptoms worsened, [...]

  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic digestive disease specialists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 adults and children who have ulcerative colitis.
  • Accurate diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis is crucial. You have access to the latest imaging technology to pinpoint the extent and severity of bowel inflammation. Mayo radiologists helped develop and refine CT and MR enterography. Mayo gastroenterologists are experts at colonoscopies, including specialized techniques such as chromoendoscopy, and Mayo pathologists are skilled at identifying all the kinds of bowel diseases.
  • Team approach. Treating ulcerative colitis involves specialists in digestive diseases (gastroenterology), surgery, radiology, pathology and nutrition. Mayo Clinic specialists work together to ensure that you receive all the expertise needed to solve your problem.
  • Time for you. Ulcerative colitis affects you emotionally as well as physically. Mayo Clinic doctors take the time to listen to you, to explain your options and answer your questions.
  • Efficient care. In Mayo's efficient system, testing can be completed in several days, so that at the end of your visit, you have answers to your questions and are ready to begin treatment.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic patients have access to clinical trials of new treatments and diagnostic tools for ulcerative colitis.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Oct. 10, 2012