Ischemic colitis is an inflammatory condition that develops as a result of inadequate blood flow to the large intestine and colon. This condition is most commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of 60, but can affect patients of any age. The type of treatment recommended by our colorectal specialists at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York will depend on the severity of your case. Approximately 20 percent of patients will require a surgical procedure, whereas all others can be treated through various non-surgical treatments at our Garden City, NY, practice. If left untreated, ischemic colitis can cause permanent damage to your colon.
Ischemic colitis can cause abdominal cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.
Ischemic colitis occurs when there is insufficient blood flow to the colon, which is typically the result of blocked or narrowed mesenteric arteries. The cause of the blockage can be due to a variety of factors, such as:
During your appointment, our team can conduct a series of diagnostic tests to determine the source of your condition.
When ischemic colitis is caught early, most patients can expect a full recovery after undergoing treatment.
You have a greater risk of developing ischemic colitis if you:
If you present with signs of ischemic colitis, our team can review your medical history to determine contributing factors.
Common side effects can include:
Because symptoms of ischemic colitis can often be confused with other digestive issues and inflammatory bowel diseases, it is vital to schedule an appointment with a colorectal specialist if you experience signs or discomfort.
At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, we offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for our patients. Most patients can achieve a successful outcome within one to two weeks of not smoking, eating healthier, exercising, and undergoing conservative treatment options, such as:
In more severe cases when symptoms do not resolve naturally, patients may require more advanced surgical treatment to:
During your consultation, your doctor can perform an initial colonoscopy to determine the type of treatment best suited for your needs. Throughout treatment, we can conduct a series of colonoscopies to ensure you are responding well. When ischemic colitis is caught early, most patients can expect a full recovery after undergoing treatment.
If you are concerned you may have ischemic colitis, it is critical to visit a specialist as soon as possible to receive treatment and prevent long-term damage to your digestive tract. You can contact our office online or by calling (516) 217-8626 to schedule your consultation with a member of our team.