Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Videos

Videos Containing Visuals To Help You Better Understand These Aspects of IBD

Not everyone likes to read long articles about medical conditions or diseases; some people prefer to get their information through video. In fact, there are many times when watching a video will help to get a point across more clearly, or help to more fully explain an idea. To that end, we have several videos that are focused on the topic of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and digestion. A few of the most relevant videos for people with IBD are presented below.

Overview of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD Overview
IBD is a common digestive disease that causes symptoms of diarrhea, weight loss, and abdominal pain. Photo ©

This first video is a great starting point, especially for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with IBD. Narrated by gastroenterologist Dr. Alyse Bellomo, this video begins with a few basics about IBD, such as how many people get IBD, who gets IBD, some and some fundamental differences between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Dr Bellomo goes on to talk about the symptoms of IBD, what tests are used to diagnose IBD, and what may cause IBD.

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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy Video
People with IBD should have a colonoscopy at regular intervals to monitor the disease and to screen for colon cancer. Photo ©

People who have IBD are often diagnosed during a colonoscopy, which is a test that a gastroenterologist uses to look inside the colon. Colonoscopies are also done to screen for colon cancer, and it is recommended that everyone over the age of 50 years have a colonoscopy for this purpose. Before a colonoscopy, it is necessary to clear the bowel of stool, so that the physician can get a better look all the walls of the bowel. In this video, Dr. Bellomo discusses several of the ways that may be used to prepare for a colonoscopy and shows images of the medical instruments that are used during this test.

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What Causes Mucus in Stool?

What Causes Mucus In Stool Video
Mucus in the stool can be caused by a variety of conditions. Photo ©

Mucus is a normal part of stool, but you shouldn't be able to see it. Passing large amounts of visible mucus is not normal, and it can be alarming. In this video, Dr Robert G. Lahita, Chairman of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, discusses mucus in stool. Dr Lahita talks about some of the diseases that can cause mucus in the stool and what you should do if if happens to you.

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Bowel Blockages

Bowel Blockage Video
A blockage can occur for several reasons, including a kink in the intestines, or abdominal adhesions. Photo ©

People who have IBD are at risk for several types of intestinal complications, and one of those is a blockage. A bowel blockage (also called an obstruction), occurs when stool is not able to move through the intestine because the bowel is kinked or because something (like a tumor) is in the way. Blockages can occur even in healthy people, but those who have IBD are more prone to them. In this video Dr Bellomo shares some common causes of blockages, what the symptoms are, how a physician makes the diagnosis, and what might be the treatment.

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