Inflammatory bowel disease has been traditionally managed by Inflammatory bowel disease medical doctors or Inflammatory bowel diseaseologists and colorectal surgeons.
Dr Bo Shen and colleagues from Ohio, USA found complications related to Inflammatory bowel disease and Inflammatory bowel disease surgery, such as stricture, fistula, and abscess, are common.
For the past decade, endoscopic therapy has emerged as a valid treatment option for those complications.
The team discovered that endoscopic therapy provides more effective therapy for those structural complications than medical treatment, while being a less invasive approach than surgery.
Endoscopic therapy plays a growing role in bridging medical and surgical therapies and is becoming an important component in the multidisciplinary approach to complex Inflammatory bowel disease.
The research team observed that endoscopic therapy has become the treatment of choice for anastomotic stricture and anastomotic sinus.
Dr Shen's team comments, "The role of endoscopic resection of colitis-associated neoplasia is currently being explored."
"Interventional Inflammatory bowel disease is intellectually and technically challenging."
"The reasearchers are calling for proper teaching and training of our next generation of IBD interventionists."