What are inflammatory bowel disease? Chronic digestive tract inflammation.

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) consist mainly of two distinct variants: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both disorders may require surgery either because medical management is no longer effective, side-effects of treatment are becoming intolerable or because complications from the disease have developed.  Complications can include scarring/strictures leading to obstructions, fistulas, bleeding, cancer, intractable weight loss, or anal leakage.  We specialize in the surgical management of IBD.

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is a form of IBD. It is similar to Crohn’s Disease but affects only the colon. Inflammation typically begins in the rectum and extends upwards to the beginning of the colon.  The severity of the disease varies between individuals, with most being managed without surgery. Although most patients with ulcerative colitis do not require surgery, once the need for surgery arises, it is typically curative.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a form of IBD. It is similar to Ulcerative Colitis but can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. Inflammation follows specific patterns and may affect one area more than others. It may also affect areas outside the intestines (such as the liver, skin, joints, or even the eyes).  Severity is also highly variable between patients.  Surgery for Crohn’s Disease is typically reserved for those who are no longer responding to medical treatments or who have developed significant complications from their disease. Crohn’s Disease is not curable.

What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease ?

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Reduced appetite
  • Blood in stool
  • Urgent bowel movements
  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Fever

Who does inflammatory bowel disease affect?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects a diverse group of individuals. While IBD can affect people of any age, it is most diagnosed in young adults. Certain factors such as family history, diet, smoking, and microbial imbalances can increase the risk of having this condition. While the exact cause of IBD remains unclear, it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors.

If you’re facing the discomfort and challenges of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it’s time to find relief. We invite you to seek the empathetic support, personalized diagnostics, and advanced treatment options available at West Island Colorectal Clinic.

Your well-being is our foremost priority!

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

At our clinic, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Our colorectal surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Lifestyle and dietary recommendations

Advice and changes in daily habits and food choices to help manage your condition.


Oral and Intravenous medications

Medications to treat and manage conditions internally. Oral medications are taken by mouth, while intravenous medications are administered directly into the bloodstream through a vein.


Proctocolectomy – partial or complete

A surgical procedure to remove part of, or the entire, colon (large intestine) and the rectum.


Ileal-pouch anal reconstruction

A surgical procedure to create a new storage area for feces out of part of the small intestine after removing the colon and rectum.


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