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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatments & Services

To help you learn more about these diseases, Dr. Robin D. Rothstein, the Director of the Temple Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, and her colleagues have provided up-to-date information on both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. As these two conditions may require different approaches to treatment, they are described in separate sections, which you can read here:

Why Choose Temple?

The Temple Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. We offer comprehensive care for adult patients (at least 17 years of age) with any type or severity of IBD.

We believe every patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease deserves highly customized care from a gastroenterologist who specializes in these disorders and is committed to helping patients optimize their treatment regimen over time.

We manage every aspect of the disease. Whether you are newly diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or are struggling with symptoms, complications, or treatment issues, we may help direct and modify your therapy and advise you on your care. Here is what you can expect at Temple:

  • Experience:  You will receive highly personalized care from board-certified gastroenterologists who specialize in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including patients with severe or complicated disease. The Temple program is directed by Robin D. Rothstein, MD, an IBD specialist with more than 20 years of experience in assisting patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Pinpoint Diagnosis:  The foundation of diagnosis and treatment starts with a thorough history of your symptoms and a review of any prior tests and treatments. A physical examination will be performed to help assess disease activity. Diagnostic studies may be needed, including possible radiologic evaluation (CT scans, MR enterography, barium studies) as well as advanced forms of colonoscopy, biopsy evaluation, blood assays, and other special tests.
  • Individualized Therapy and Monitoring: Based on your evaluation, you will receive a treatment and monitoring plan that is customized to fit your situation, your subtype of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, your preferences, and your lifestyle. In months and years to come, your therapy may be adjusted as needed based on changing symptoms and results of monitoring tests. 
  • New Minimally Invasive Surgical Options: Temple surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery techniques; if you require surgery to help alleviate your symptoms or manage complications, you will have access to these new forms of GI surgery, which may often result in less pain and faster recovery.
  • A Full Team of Specialists: As needed, you may receive expert care from other Temple specialists who have decades of experience in helping patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease; our Temple IBD team includes: surgeons, nutritionists, enterostomal nurse specialists, rheumatologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, Ob/Gyns, cancer specialists, infectious disease specialists, psychiatrists, GI nurse specialists, counselors and other specialists as needed.
  • Advanced Therapies and Clinical Trials:  Because Temple University Hospital is part of a leading academic medical center, you will have access to new or investigational medications as well as novel biological and cell-based treatments.
  • Center City Location: In addition to the Temple IBD Program location at Temple University Hospital, you can get your regular ongoing care at our convenient City Center location at 255 S. 17th Street, 7th floor, in Philadelphia. Ongoing check-ups and follow-up visits with your physician can be performed right in this downtown office. Appointments are flexible and easy to schedule.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple Digestive Disease physician, click here or call 800-TEMPLE-MED [800-836-7536].

From The Digestive Health Blog