Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Digestive Disease Center
  • Medical Center Campus
  • 111 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT, 05401
  • Phone: 802-847-8865
  • Fax: 802-847-7082
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects your colon, or large intestine. The condition causes inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and rectum. You may experience flare-ups followed by periods of remission.

IBS: What You Need to Know

Prevention

While you can’t prevent IBS, you can take steps to prevent the symptoms from occurring. Following the right diet and using strategies to reduce stress can prevent or alleviate symptoms.

Teamwork

Fletcher Allen doctors use a collaborative approach to treating irritable bowel syndrome. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.

Technology

We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome. 

Personalized care

Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your symptoms.

Experience, trusted expertise

At Fletcher Allen, our gastroenterologists have years of experience diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex condition. It can cause severe pain and can be tricky to diagnose, since the symptoms are similar to those of other digestive tract diseases. Our doctors use their wealth of expertise and experience to provide an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Risk factors that may increase your chances of developing the disease include:

  • Age - IBS symptoms typically appear before 35 years of age.
  • Gender - Women are more likely to develop IBS than men.
  • Family history - If you have a first-degree relative with IBS, your risk increases.

Diagnosis and Treatment: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS can be difficult to diagnose since the symptoms are similar to those of other gastrointestinal disorders. The success of the diagnosis largely depends on the experience and expertise of the physician. A skilled specialist will be able to eliminate other conditions and arrive at an accurate diagnosis. 

At Fletcher Allen, we use the Rome criteria to diagnose IBS. We may also perform a colonoscopy or other tests. Once we confirm a diagnosis, we can create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options often include lifestyle changes and medication.

Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis and treatment.

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