Ulcerative colitis is a debilitating condition that affects the quality of your life and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. The board-certified specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, offer treatments that can reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease and help you get back to your everyday life. To learn more about how you can get relief from uncomfortable symptoms and prevent your condition from becoming worse, call or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition in which patients suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and ulcers in the lining of their digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects the colon and rectum and develops over time.
If you have ulcerative colitis, your symptoms vary depending on the severity of your inflammation and its exact location.
These symptoms include:
Some patients also experience an urgent need to have a bowel movement but are unable to actually do so. These symptoms can also occur in cycles, and you may have periods when you have no symptoms at all.
Although the condition isn’t fatal, ulcerative colitis can result in life-threatening complications, so it’s important to get professional help at Illinois Gastroenterology Group when you start to notice symptoms.
If your specialist at Illinois Gastroenterology Group suspects a case of ulcerative colitis, they perform a colonoscopy or a flexible sigmoidoscopy to identify signs of inflammation and confirm their diagnosis.
Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy are screening tests that use a small, flexible tube with a fiberoptic camera and light on the end to obtain a visual of the inside of your colon.
Your provider may use a flexible sigmoidoscopy if they suspect the location of your inflammation is closer to the lower part of your colon, known as the rectum and sigmoid colon.
If they suspect the inflammation is deeper in your colon, they use a colonoscopy, which has a farther reach and allows your specialist to examine your entire colon.
After your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist determines the location of your inflammation and ulcers, and the extent of your condition, they can recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:
To learn more about how you can manage your ulcerative colitis, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group.