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Ulcerative colitis can be a life-long challenge, so it’s important to partner with an experienced colorectal expert. At ACE Clinic, we can recommend the latest and most effective ways to manage symptoms and achieve relief.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a condition where the colon becomes irritated, inflamed, and develops ulcers. It’s classified as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) similar to Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis can begin in the rectum and can spread throughout the colon. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can come and go in a pattern of flareups and remission. About half of people with ulcerative colitis experience only mild symptoms, while others can experience more severe symptoms and other medical conditions that occur because of it (like arthritis, chronic inflammation, liver disease, or osteoporosis).
What are the Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?
You may notice that symptoms of ulcerative colitis become worse with time. Early symptoms might include:
- Weight loss
Severe symptoms might include:
- Liver disease
- Joint pain
- Mouth sores
- Skin rash
- Severe cramping
- Dehydration or malnourishment
- Blood in your stool
What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?
We’re still determining the exact causes of ulcerative colitis, which can be very complex. It’s thought to be an autoimmune response by the body, which causes inflammation and damage to the colon. Ulcerative colitis can occur in children as well as adults, and it’s more common in people who have close relatives with inflammatory bowel diseases..
What Are My Treatment Options for Ulcerative Colitis?
Initial management for mild disease is medical therapy. If the disease is not controlled by medication or in more severe cases, patients will require surgery. Our surgeons have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery for treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis Outlook and Steps to Take
Ulcerative colitis typically requires lifelong management. By adjusting your lifestyle and working with your colorectal expert on the right medications and therapies, you can achieve remission and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
Schedule an Appointment
Ulcerative colitis can be difficult to manage on your own. To meet with our team and learn more about your best options, we invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
Meet the Doctors
Drs. Hekmat Hakiman and Arpit Patel are leading colorectal surgeons in the greater Phoenix area. As part of our experienced team at ACE Clinic, they can provide exceptional care with a compassionate and friendly approach to colorectal health. Drs. Hakiman and Patel are dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery, and both completed their fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX before founding their physician-owned practice in Chandler, AZ. We hope you’ll feel exceptionally welcome during your time at Arizona Colorectal Experts and look forward to helping meet your health care needs.
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