Advanced Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome at Advanced Gastro Center
Overview of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel disease (IBS) affects the colon and is quite common in the United States. Although some of the symptoms are similar, IBS is not the same as ulcerative colitis. IBS does not cause changes to the lining of your colon like ulcerative colitis does. Therefore, having IBS does not increase your risk of developing colon cancer.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The symptoms of IBS can be severe and embarrassing. These include gas, diarrhea alternating with constipation, bloating, and sticky stools filled with mucous. These symptoms may be worse after a large meal or when you are under a lot of stress.
Risk Factors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Surprisingly, IBS is more common in the young and is mostly seen in people under 45. Also, women are more likely to have IBS than men. A family history of IBS may increase your own chances of developing IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis
It takes an experienced gastroenterologist to make an accurate diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. The GI specialists at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center have the training and knowledge to recognize your IBS and have handled hundreds of cases.
Some of the advanced tools available to our gastroenterologists to help diagnose IBS include MRI and CT scans. Gastroenterology-specific procedures, like a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy, may also be utilized for a definitive diagnosis.
Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There are a variety of measures that can be taken to help control IBS. In cooperation with your New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center physician, changes to your lifestyle and diet can result in huge improvements in your IBS symptoms. There are also many different medications to assist in controlling symptoms.
Consultation with a New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center gastroenterologist is the first step in effectively managing your IBS. Make an appointment today, and together we’ll get your IBS under control.