Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist

GI Consultants

Bhavin Dave, MD

Gastroenterology located in Dover, DE

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is actually a pair of diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, that can cause severe gastrointestinal problems. The good news is that IBD treatments are now more effective than ever. You can rely on Bhavin Dave, MD, and the GI Consultants team in Dover, Delaware, for a balanced approach to treatment that’s based on the latest scientific advances. Use online booking or call the office to schedule your visit today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a disease in which your intestines are chronically inflamed, causing lasting damage to your gastrointestinal tract over time. There are two types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. 

Ulcerative colitis

With ulcerative colitis, inflammation occurs in your large intestine and rectum. 

Crohn’s disease

With Crohn’s disease, the inflammation typically moves deeper within your gastrointestinal tract, often affecting the small intestine. 

Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease can cause serious gastrointestinal damage and symptoms if untreated.

How are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and IBD different?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs when you have abnormal bowel function, but it doesn't actually cause disease or damage in your gastrointestinal tract. IBD causes more serious damage that's typically visible in imaging tests like a CT scan or colonoscopy. 

Like IBS, IBD causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Additionally, IBD can cause:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding

Because IBS and IBD are two different conditions, it’s very important to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

What causes IBD?

The cause of IBD isn’t certain. Current research suggests that genetics, environmental factors, bacterial problems in your intestines, and immune system malfunction may combine to contribute to or cause IBD. 

How is IBD treated?

IBD treatment typically starts with oral medication, suppositories, or enemas that control the inflammation in your intestine. If these products don't help, your GI Consultants gastroenterologist might prescribe corticosteroid therapy.

Another option for IBD treatment is immunomodulator drugs. These medications suppress your body's immune response to minimize your symptoms. 

Biologic drugs, which your GI Consultants gastroenterologist delivers through IV infusion or injection, are another treatment option if you're suffering from moderate or severe IBD. 

In severe cases of IBD, for example, Crohn’s disease that causes intestinal obstructions or ulcerative colitis that doesn’t respond to other treatments, you may need surgery. But most IBD is treatable with nonsurgical means. 

If you’re suffering from symptoms like fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and joint pain, you could have inflammatory bowel disease. Reach out to the trusted specialists at GI Consultants for compassionate help now. Book online or by phone today.