How is Crohn's treated?
Crohn's disease is treated in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the disease. In general the goal is to decrease inflammation. These therapies could include nutrition, medication or surgery.
At Children's Hospital Colorado the newest and most effective therapies are available. We are a leader in providing nutritional therapy (also called enteral therapy) for the treatment of Crohn's disease. In addition, we use oral as well as injectable anti-inflammatory medications to bring the disease under control. As Crohn's disease is a lifelong or chronic disease, frequently children stay on these medications for the rest of their lives and proper monitoring and dosing is crucial.
In addition to more traditional approaches for the treatment of Crohn's disease we also participate in clinical trials to evaluate new treatments and perform research to help define new therapies for the treatment of the inflammatory bowel diseases.
Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for your child's Crohn's disease?
The Children's Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center at the Digestive Health Institute is the only center in the region to provide comprehensive pediatric-specific multidisciplinary care in a team comprised of board certified pediatric gastroenterology physicians, advance practice nurses, a nurse coordinator, social worker, nutritionist, pediatric radiologists, pediatric surgeons. psychologists and child life specialists. The center provides a platform for a seamless continuum of care for children with IBD. Our focus on nutrition and its role in pediatric IBD stands out as an example for other practices in the treatment of IBD.
With a combined 50 years of experience caring for patients with IBD, our physicians treat children with IBD and are leaders in research, education and improving quality of care. Our program participates in the Improve Care Now network for collaborative work in continuous quality improvement, innovation and discovery to improve the health and well being of children and adolescents with IBD. Within this international consortium our center performs in the top for remission rates, nutrition and growth status.
Our physicians and support staff aim to provide compassionate, patient centered care including a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis with transition to a complete care plan in order to provide children with IBD the opportunity to flourish without having to focus on their IBD. We also aim to provide the skills and understanding of their disease to make the transition to adulthood and adult medical care simple.