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Specializes in General Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Building B, Suite 201
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Donelle Rhoads is a general surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Rhoads's clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, breast cancer surgery, and burns. She is affiliated with Main Line Health and Chester County Hospital. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Rhoads's residency was performed at Lankenau Medical Center. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Hiatal Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2507
Media, PA
 

Dr. William Ayers practices general surgery in Media, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus, burns, and breast surgery. Dr. Ayers is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Dr. Ayers takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Colon Polyps, Breast Surgery, Esophageal Manometry, Hiatal Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, Esophagus ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
1088 West Baltimore Pike; Riddle Health Center 2, Suite 2507
Media, PA
 

Dr. Charles Dallara is a physician who specializes in general surgery. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Mercy Catholic Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, breast cancer surgery, and burns. Dr. Dallara is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He is professionally affiliated with Riddle Hospital. Dr. Dallara welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Hiatal Hernia, Gallstones, Burns, Esophagus ... (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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