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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon, OH
 

Dr. James Church, who practices in Cleveland, OH and Avon, OH, is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Church include polypectomy (polyp removal), hemorrhoid banding, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Before completing his residency at Auckland City Hospital, Dr. Church attended medical school at The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Church takes Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; Victor W. Fazio Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery; and Top Doctors in America.

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All Interests: Anoscopy, Hemorrhoidectomy, Research, Endoscopic Surgery, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Rectal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Bradley Champagne works as a colon and rectal surgeon. His areas of expertise include the following: transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD), female incontinence, and polypectomy (polyp removal). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Fairview Hospital. Dr. Champagne honors Medicare insurance. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Honors and Awards: Deans List; Howard Hughes Research Grant; and Howard Hughes Summer Stipend. Dr. Champagne is conversant in Spanish.

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All Interests: Female Incontinence, Anoscopy, Perianal Abscess, Clinical Trials, Colon Polyps, Diverticular ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
30701 Clemens Road
Westlake, OH
 

Dr. Edmond Blades, who practices in Westlake, OH and Cleveland, OH, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Blades include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Dr. Blades attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Blades's training includes a residency program at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Bile Duct Problems, Weight ... (Read more)

Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Ryan Williams practices colon & rectal surgery in Cleveland, OH, Lakewood, OH, and Avon, OH. The average patient rating for Dr. Williams is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Williams include genital warts, anal cancer, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Williams graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Fairview Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Perianal Abscess, Diverticular Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Prolapse, Genital Warts, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code A30
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Neha Wadhwa sees patients in Cleveland, OH and Avon, OH. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Dr. Wadhwa attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wadhwa include foreign body ingestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wadhwa takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wadhwa (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Marymount Hospital, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Ln20
Avon, OH
 

Dr. Ching-Feng Lai is a physician who specializes in general surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lai's clinical interests: breast pain, second opinions, and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver. He obtained his medical school training at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Lai is professionally affiliated with Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

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All Interests: Breast Pain, Second Opinions, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Umbilical Hernia, Soft Tissue Tumor ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.
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