Your Mayo Clinic care team
Treating ulcerative colitis 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 ulcerative colitis using the most current management and surgical techniques. Mayo's colorectal surgeons are committed to using minimally invasive surgical procedures, which are associated with less pain and fewer complications.
If you have ulcerative colitis, you'll need regular screening for colon cancer because of your increased risk. Mayo Clinic doctors use chromoendoscopy technology to screen for colorectal cancer. Compared to conventional colonoscopy, chromoendoscopy has been shown to increase the rate of detecting dysplasia with a sensitivity and specificity of 93 percent for differentiating between normal and cancerous lesions.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic's Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for Children specialize in providing the care that children require for ulcerative colitis, including diagnostic tests that don't expose your child to radiation and alternative medications that reduce the need for steroids.
Ulcerative colitis 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 ulcerative colitis 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 ulcerative colitis. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise and experience guiding women with ulcerative colitis through pregnancy and delivery.