Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Different parts of the bowel become inflamed and may cause diarrhoea, passage of blood and mucus, abdominal pain, weight loss, malnutrition or obstruction. We can usually diagnose IBD by a combination of endoscopy and X-Ray tests. A patient can be affected in very different ways- from minor symptoms to being ill requiring in-patient treatment. The treatment is diverse and depends on the severity of the symptoms. This is a chronic disorder and is characterized by periods of wellness (remission) and illness (relapse). Our treatment objective is to keep the patient well for as long as possible (clinical remission) and maintaining a good quality of life.

The specialists at Midlands Gut Clinic are part of a multidisciplinary team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with established expertise in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We can draw on our strong IBD team that include nurse specialists, radiologists, pathologists and nutritionists and provide  holistic care for all patients with IBD. The Midland Gut Clinic team boasts superb collaboration between the physician gastroenterologists and IBD surgeons, and offers expertise in using strong medical treatment such as biological (monoclonal antibody) therapy or surgical treatment where appropriate. We also have a burgeoning research portfolio in IBD and are involved in running active clinical trials.