Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist

New York Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

New York Gastroenterology Associates hosts doctors who are skilled in diagnosing and managing inflammatory bowel disease. The practice treats patients from Manhattan's Upper East Side and the New York City metro area. At the practice, doctors use advanced techniques to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other types of IBD to help patients find relief and prevent damage.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a chronic disease that affects the tissues of the digestive tract, most commonly the colon, or large intestine. The cause of IBD is unknown, but researchers believe a faulty immune system plays a major role. Inflammatory bowel disease causes inflammation in the lining and deeper tissues of the digestive tract, resulting in ulcers (sores) and bleeding, as well as painful cramping and bloating.

Is there more than one type of inflammatory bowel disease?

Yes. The two primary types are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, but there are several other less common types as well. One of the primary differences between Crohn's and ulcerative colitis is where the inflammation occurs: In Crohn's disease, inflammation can occur anywhere in your digestive tract, from your mouth to your rectum, while in ulcerative colitis, inflammation is restricted to your colon and rectum.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

IBD can usually be managed with medication to help reduce inflammation that causes sores and painful symptoms or drugs to help control the faulty immune system response. Sometimes, lifestyle changes like learning to manage stress can also help. Irritable bowel syndrome can often produce some of the same symptoms, but it does not cause permanent damage to the digestive tract. A careful diagnosis is necessary to differentiate between the two to ensure the best and most appropriate treatment.

How is IBD diagnosed?

If based on your physical exam and symptoms, IBD is suspected, you may have a colonoscopy or endoscopy to look inside your digestive tract and evaluate the areas for signs of inflammation and ulcers. A small tissue sample, or biopsy, may be taken to confirm the diagnosis. Blood tests, stool samples, and diagnostic imaging may also be performed to rule out other conditions.

Insurance and BIlling

At NYGA, we accept most major insurances. Please see the full list of plans that we are participate. If you do not see yours please call our office to see how we can help.

Affinity Health Plan
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Health First
Local 1199
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)