The Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Cincinnati Children’s offers a focused, team
approach for children with inflammatory bowel disease—conditions that include
ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).
Only a small percentage of these
patients need surgery. However, if your child’s gastrointestinal specialist
believes that surgery may be beneficial, a surgeon from the Colorectal
Center will join the treatment team. Colorectal surgeons at Cincinnati
Children’s are among a very few in the country who can perform minimally
invasive (laparoscopic) surgeries on children with inflammatory bowel disease.
The surgeon and gastrointestinal
specialist will see your child in one coordinated visit. Other care
professionals, including a pathologist and nurse, are also important members of
the treatment team. After a thorough examination and diagnostic testing, patients
and their families receive an integrated treatment recommendation with input
from all team members.