Intestinal disorders

Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), appendicitis

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Duke gastrointestinal experts diagnose and treat digestive disorders that occur in the small and large intestine. We work closely with you to alleviate the discomforting symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Our skilled surgeons offer emergency treatment of appendicitis, ruptured appendix, and intestinal obstructions. Our advanced training and expertise help prevent the potential for future complications that may arise from these and other intestinal disorders.

Comprehensive care for your small and large intestines

Your small intestine plays a major role in digesting the food you eat. Your large intestine removes water from the undigested food and prepares it to be eliminated. Comprehensive diagnosis and appropriate treatment are needed to help you understand the cause and obtain relief from diarrhea, bloating, gas, and abdominal cramping, which accompanies intestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s.

Our additional training and expertise helps you manage the effects of newer therapies, which influence your body's immune system response. We work closely with you to change your diet and lifestyle, which is often the most effective treatment for disorders like celiac disease. If your condition is severe enough that you may be considered for a small bowel transplant, you may be referred to our transplant experts who run the only small bowel transplant center in the Carolinas, and one of only 20 active programs in the country.

Intestinal disorders at Duke: Why choose us

  • Research leaders. As one of nine U.S. centers designated an Autoimmune Center of Excellence (ACE) by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID),  we are involved in the latest research aimed at understanding and finding effective treatments for chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Regional referral center. As a referral center for second and even third medical opinions, our expertise in diagnosing and treating the full range of intestional disorders is well known. If you are referred to us, we partner with your physician to ensure you receive the best care possible.
  • Gastrointestinal screening and imaging experts. Our gastroenterologists are specialists in the digestive system, and undergo advanced training in imaging techniques that detect abnormalities throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. We screen a high volume of patients for intestinal abnormalities, and have the expertise to identify concerns, including colon cancer, at the earliest possible stage.
  • Surgical expertise. If you require surgery to relieve inflammation from Crohn's disease or cure colitis, our specialized colorectal surgeons use minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery when possible to restore your health. We do everything we can to avoid the need for a colostomy or ileostomy, which collect waste outside the body when the colon is damaged.
  • Treatment of challenging diseases. We regularly treat rare forms of intestinal disease that can be serious, contagious and recurring.
  • Latest medical advances. We work closely with you and your physician to monitor your use of newly approved medications, called biologics, that impact your body's immune response.
  • Comfort and convenience. We offer a comfortable setting for tests and consultation. Intestinal disorders can produce uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating and gas. We aim to make you as comfortable as possible during diagnostic testing, and schedule as many as possible during single office visits to make the process as convenient as possible.

SMALL AND LARGE INTESTINE DISORDERS
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SMALL AND LARGE INTESTINE DISORDERS
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