Crohn’s Disease Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Crohn's disease is an illness that affects the whole digestive tract. It causes inflammation and pain that usually focuses on the small intestine, but it can extend from the mouth down as far as the anus in some cases. Patients who suffer from this difficult illness can rely on the experienced gastroenterologists at Fifth Avenue GI in both the Upper East Side and East Harlem, New York, for the help they need.

Crohn’s Disease Q & A

Fifth Avenue GI

What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease is an illness causing intestinal inflammation. There are five different kinds of Crohn's disease, each of which affects a different portion of the gastrointestinal tract. They include:

Ileocolitis

This is the most common variety of Crohn's disease. It impacts the lower part of the small intestine and the upper part of the large intestine.

Ileitis

This type of Crohn's disease impacts only the lower part of the small intestine.

Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease

This rare type of Crohn's disease affects both the small intestine and the stomach.

Jejunoileitis

Also a rare form of Crohn's disease, jejunoileitis affects the upper portion of the small intestine.

Crohn’s colitis

This form of Crohn's disease affects the large intestine.

What are the signs of Crohn's disease?

The most obvious indicator of Crohn's disease for many patients is the pain. Abdominal area pain can be uncomfortable and may even be severe for some patients. You may also notice the following symptoms if you're suffering from Crohn's disease.

  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Weight loss, when you haven't changed your eating or exercise habits
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fever

How does the gastroenterologist treat Crohn's disease?

Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist performs a complete examination, including necessary diagnostic tests to determine which type of Crohn's disease you have. The treatment is then based on your specific type of Crohn's disease and your symptoms.

In many cases, Crohn's disease flares may decrease with the right dietary changes. Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can recommend specific changes that may be beneficial to you.

It's also helpful for many patients to take Crohn's disease medications, which can include:

  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Medicated enemas
  • Antibiotic medication
  • Steroid medication (for short-term use)
  • Immune system medication (immunomodulator medication)
  • Biologic medication

What if medication and diet don't work?

In some patients, the Crohn's disease is so severe that diet and medication just aren't effective. If this is true for you, your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can recommend a surgery that provides symptom relief. Surgery options include:

  • Colostomy
  • Colectomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Bowel resectioning surgery
  • Proctocolectomy

Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist is here to help you find the best solution for your Crohn's disease symptoms. Use the online appointment tool to arrange a visit with one of our gastroenterologists now!