Ulcerative Colitis Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

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 Q & A

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

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. 

What are the Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

If you have ulcerative colitis, your symptoms vary depending on the severity of your inflammation and its exact location. 

These symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in your stool
  • Rectal pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever


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.

How is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed?

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. 

What are the Treatments for Ulcerative Colitis?

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:

  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory medication is the least invasive treatment option and can help to reduce symptoms and get your condition under control.
  • Immune System Suppressors: In certain cases, your provider may suggest medication to suppress your body’s natural immune system responses and reduce inflammation. Immunosuppressive medication can increase your chances of developing other illnesses, so your provider makes sure you understand the risks before you begin.
  • Surgery: For advanced cases of ulcerative colitis, your specialist can recommend surgical options to remove the damaged part of your colon and rectum.


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.