The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at Ochsner offers specialized care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis and other related diseases. We provide a thorough evaluation and comprehensive management for adults with IBD and related disorders. As IBD treatment continues to evolve, we continue to be involved with research to advance the care of our patients.
Why Choose Ochsner for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment?
The Ochsner Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program exemplifies a collaborative, results-driven and research-based approach to disease management. Following a careful examination of each patient, our team of renowned specialists offers medical or surgical interventions designed specifically to meet the needs of the individual.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care
As a patient in our program, you will receive coordinated care from a team of specialists including gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, rheumatologists/immunologists, dermatologists, dieticians, and ostomy nurses. Our multi-disciplinary treatment approach ensures the development of a comprehensive care plan that maximizes independence and improves quality of life.
Our team of experts prides itself on offering:
- Inflammatory bowel disease hospital service to allow for specialty care for patients while in the hospital by an expert team
- Broad-based knowledge in every area of inflammatory bowel disease treatment
- Advanced tools for diagnosing and assessing inflammatory bowel disease
- Leading therapy directed at improving patient quality of life and incorporating patient’s input regarding treatment decisions
- Collaborative patient-based conferences to discuss the care of patients in a multidisciplinary format
- Pediatric IBD patients to adult transition of care conference
- Collaborative novel research with other subspecialities including colorectal surgeons, pediatric gastroenterologists, rheumatologists/immunologists
- Endoscopic procedures for diagnostic purposes
- Access to nutrition services specifically for IBD patients
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, call us at 504-842-4015.
We also offer virtual visits. If you are a new patient, your first virtual appointment is at the discretion of the provider. Learn more about virtual visits, here.
You may also schedule online through the MyOchsner patient portal. This allows you to conveniently schedule your next appointment yourself.
Our treatment options include:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - medical management: Using a combination of medications, endoscopic interventions, and dietary modifications, our experts offer a broad range of personalized treatments to help control your symptoms. Medications and other treatment options for IBD help many patients improve their quality of life, prevent disease-related complications, hospitalizations and surgery.
- Intestinal resections: When damaged from chronic inflammation, we employ minimally invasive techniques, when appropriate, to remove a part of your small bowel, colon, and/or rectum to treat your disease. Most importantly, we utilize a multidisciplinary approach in deciding when medical and surgical therapies may play a role in your care to ensure that you have the best possible outcome.
- Stricturoplasty: When chronic inflammation creates narrowing in your intestines, this procedure is one option for management of chronic bowel blockages (obstruction) that preserves intestinal length.
- Fistula repair: Removing or treating abnormal connections between your intestines and skin or other abdominal organs, which can form as a result of advanced IBD. Our colorectal surgeons perform a multitude of procedures to treat and manage fistulas.
- Ileal pouch surgery (Restorative proctocolectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis): Surgical reconstruction option for patients diagnosed with medically refractory ulcerative colitis and other conditions that require removal of the entire colon and rectum. This surgery utilizes a portion of your small bowel as a reservoir for storage and elimination of stool from your anus.
- Continent ileostomy: This procedure offers a discrete method for storing and evacuating stool after having all your lower intestines (colon and rectum) surgically removed.