What Is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis occurs when the large intestine lining and rectum become inflamed. It’s an inflammatory bowel disease that can lead to sores, inflammation in your digestive tract, and many unpleasant symptoms. Ulcerative colitis is often debilitating and may lead to serious complications, such as severe bleeding, an increased risk of colon cancer, a hole in your colon, and blood clots if left untreated. Treatment can reduce symptoms and restore your quality of life.

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What Are the Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

The following signs and symptoms can indicate you have ulcerative colitis:

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can range from mild to severe and may come and go. See your Peak Gastroenterology Associates specialist for an evaluation if your symptoms don’t subside within a few days.

What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?

The cause of ulcerative colitis isn’t entirely clear, but problems with your immune system and genetics may play a role in its development. Risk factors of ulcerative colitis include being younger than 30, being white, or having a family history of the disease. However, anybody can develop the disease.

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How Is Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed?

To diagnose ulcerative colitis, your doctor reviews your medical history and asks questions about your symptoms. They complete a comprehensive physical examination and may use blood tests, stool tests, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and establish a treatment that best suits your needs.

What Is the Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis?

Your gastroenterologist might recommend one or more of the following ulcerative colitis treatments:

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes help relieve symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis. Examples include managing stress, making dietary changes, exercising regularly, drinking lots of fluids, and eating smaller meals.

Alternative Therapies

Our GI specialist may recommend alternative therapies for ulcerative colitis, including acupuncture or probiotics, fish oil, and other dietary supplements.


Numerous medications may help relieve ulcerative colitis symptoms. Your doctor works with you to determine which medicine best matches your needs.

Surgical Procedures

If lifestyle changes and medications haven’t worked for you, your gastroenterologist may advise surgery to remove a portion of your colon and rectum.

Don’t let symptoms of ulcerative colitis negatively impact your quality of life or lead to severe complications. Schedule an appointment with Peak Gastroenterology Associates over the phone or online today.

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Why Choose Peak Gastro for Ulcerative Colitis Treatments?

At Peak Gastroenterology Associates, we understand the challenges of living with ulcerative colitis. Our team of gastroenterology experts is dedicated to providing modern, personalized care tailored to improve your health and quality of life. We employ the latest diagnostic tools and treatment modalities, from biological therapies to advanced surgical techniques, ensuring comprehensive management of ulcerative colitis.

Our compassionate approach extends beyond medical treatment, supporting the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a chronic condition. Our multidisciplinary team has a range of specialties, including gastroenterology, pathology, and anesthesiology. This allows us to effectively address all of your medical needs in one place. Choose us for a partnership focused on helping you achieve long-term wellness, health, and quality of life.

We offer personalized, compassionate care to patients with ulcerative colitis throughout Denver, Colorado Springs, Lone Tree, and Colorado.

Ulcerative Colitis FAQ

What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that primarily affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum, causing inflammation and ulcers.

What are the symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Common symptoms include persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding/pain, urgent bowel movements, fatigue, and weight loss.

How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

Diagnosis typically involves a combination of colonoscopy with biopsies, blood tests, stool tests, and sometimes imaging studies like CT scans or MRIs.

What treatment options are available for ulcerative colitis?

Treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, biologics, corticosteroids, and surgery tailored to individual needs and disease severity.

Can diet affect ulcerative colitis?

While diet does not cause ulcerative colitis, certain foods may trigger symptoms in some people. A tailored diet plan can help manage and reduce flares.

Is there a cure for ulcerative colitis?

There is currently no cure for ulcerative colitis, but many treatments are available that can significantly reduce symptoms and even bring about long-term remission.

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