Inflammatory Bowel Disease
In this video, Dr. Frank Caliendo of the Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York explains the basics of inflammatory bowel disease. At CRSSNY, we use innovative technologies to perform surgery to treat IBD. Treating IBD can improve your comfort and your quality of life.View transcript
Inflammatory bowel disease is a disease process by which the immune system for unknown reasons attacks your own colon. This causes cramping, diarrhea, and in some cases bloody diarrhea. The two main inflammatory bowel diseases that we speak of are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Most patients with inflammatory bowel disease will be first treated with medications given by their gastroenterologist. But there are indications for surgery if the disease process worsens, unfortunately. For patients who are experiencing symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, such as abdominal cramping, pain, diarrhea and possibly bloody diarrhea, the first course of action is to see their primary care physician or gastroenterologist. Most of the diagnoses will be made by a gastroenterologist performing a colonoscopy and taking biopsies. Here at CRSSNY we now use the da Vinci robotic system to operate on patients with inflammatory bowel disease. By using the robotic system, we're able to keep your incisions to a minimum. There is less bleeding. There is a shortened hospital stay, and patients get back to their normal routine quite rapidly. Through our collaboration with Mount Sinai, we have the best techniques. We collaborate with the world-renowned pathologists and radiologists to make the proper diagnosis and to make the proper choice for your surgery if indicated for your inflammatory bowel disease.