Anne Arundel Medical Center recently opened its patient-centered Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic. The clinic’s multidisciplinary team includes gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritionists and other specialists—all with focused training and experience in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management.
“With the entire team in one clinic, everything revolves around the patient,” explains AAMC Department of Surgery Chair Adrian Park, MD. “Instead of sending patients out for consults, we collaborate as a team to help the patient. This seamless process provides a better level of care.”
The clinic’s team of experts offers broad-based treatment, including the use of innovative immune-suppressing drug therapy. Team members conduct a weekly interdisciplinary conference to discuss patients’ needs, treatment options and progress. They work closely with both the patient and the referring physician to coordinate a care plan designed to offer the best outcomes.
If the patient is already seeing a physician for Crohn’s or colitis treatment, s/he will be able to continue that relationship as part of the AAMC Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic. We provide the tools patients need to get better and will help them learn to use those tools to stay well.
We customize treatment plans to fit individual patient needs based on symptoms, severity and other characteristics of the disease. Options may include:
- Medication: A wide variety of medications are available to treat both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Diet: Changes in diet and nutrition reduce irritation and aggravation of symptoms. Our nutritionist works with patients to create a detailed diet plan with support to encourage compliance.
- Surgery: Lack of response or intolerance to medications, inability to maintain diet and lifestyle changes, or presence of precancerous cells are potential reasons for surgery. A number of surgical options are available. If perforation or massive bleeding occurs, emergency surgery is usually required.
- Therapeutic trials in clinical research: We have an active and robust clinical studies and research program, which includes access to investigational therapies with close monitoring.
- Complementary and alternative medicine: Our experts are continuously studying new alternative treatments and therapies, and we are glad to discuss these options with patients.
Learn more by calling 443-481-6699 or visiting askAAMC.org/Crohns.