Are you struggling with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? This painful illness is caused by an abnormal immune system response that damages the lining of the digestive tract, leading to inflammation, alteration, and severe abdominal pain. At UChicago Medicine, we are at the forefront of testing new IBD treatments and advancing research in this field.
Join us for a live Q&A session with Dr. Russell Cohen, the Director of the UChicago Medicine IBD Center, and Ashley Perkovich, an advanced practice nurse at the Adult IBD Center. They will discuss the latest advances in IBD treatment and answer your questions live.
Meet the Experts
Dr. Russell Cohen is not only the director of the IBD center but also a professor of Medicine at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. With his vast experience and expertise in the field, he has revolutionized the treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Ashley Perkovich, a nurse practitioner at the Adult IBD Center, specializes in providing routine follow-up care to IBD patients. With her knowledge and dedication, she ensures that patients receive the best possible care, both in person and virtually.
IBD refers to two main types of inflammatory bowel disease: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions cause inflammation in the intestines, resulting in various symptoms. While ulcerative colitis affects the colon, Crohn’s disease can affect both the colon and other areas of the digestive tract.
The Role of Diet and Stress in IBD
While there is no known diet that can effectively reduce IBD inflammation, some patients report that specific diets, such as the simple carbohydrate diet, help alleviate symptoms like bloating and cramping. It’s essential to work closely with your medical team to find the right dietary approach for you.
Managing stress is also crucial in reducing IBD symptoms. Exercise, yoga, and meditation can help you keep your stress levels under control and improve your overall well-being.
Clinical Trials for IBD Treatment
At UChicago Medicine, we are proud to be at the forefront of clinical trials for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Our research aims to test new medicines, therapies, and procedures that can revolutionize IBD treatment. By participating in these trials, patients have the opportunity to access cutting-edge treatments that may not be available elsewhere.
The Safety of Biologic Medications
Biologic therapies have transformed the treatment of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Contrary to popular belief, biologic therapies are safer and more effective than older immune suppressant medications. While some patients may have concerns about biologics, the risks are minimal compared to the potential benefits. It’s crucial to consult with your doctor and make an informed decision about your treatment options.
The Importance of Medication Adherence
For individuals with IBD, medication adherence is vital to prevent flare-ups and maintain disease remission. While it’s natural to feel better and want to stop taking medications, it’s essential to understand that IBD is a chronic condition that requires long-term maintenance. By staying on your prescribed medications and following your doctor’s recommendations, you can prevent disease-related complications and maintain a better quality of life.
Getting the Right Medical Care
During the challenging times of COVID-19, UChicago Medicine prioritizes patient safety. We offer both in-person and virtual visits to ensure that you can access the care you need without compromising your health. Whether it’s a routine follow-up or a more acute situation, our medical team is ready to provide you with the best possible care.
We understand the concerns related to COVID-19 and have implemented strict protocols to maintain a safe environment. We offer video visits, COVID testing before procedures, and maintain social distancing and mask-wearing in our facilities.
The Future of IBD Treatment
Exciting breakthrough research is happening at UChicago Medicine to change the landscape of IBD treatment. We are working on innovative approaches that may lead to a cure for IBD, eliminating the need for lifelong medication. By participating in our studies and contributing to our research efforts, you can help us achieve this goal.
Remember, taking care of your health should always be a priority. If you have any concerns or symptoms related to IBD, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Our team at UChicago Medicine is here to support you on your journey to better health.
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