We found 5 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Alliance near Creve Coeur, MO.

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Dr Steven R Hunt MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO

Dr. Steven Hunt works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Gastrointestinal Center at Center for Advanced Medicine (Barnes-Jewish North), and Washington University Physicians. Dr. Hunt takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis' residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , Crohn's Disease

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Surgery Procedures

Dr Sean Christopher Glasgow MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
1040 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO

Dr. Sean Glasgow works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Glasgow is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Siteman Cancer Center - South County.

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All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Matthew G Mutch MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 3.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1040 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO

Dr. Matthew Mutch is a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Mutch average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Mutch's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Gastrointestinal Center at Center for Advanced Medicine (Barnes-Jewish North), and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Rectal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Surge ... (Read more)

Dr Paul Edward Wise MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 120
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Paul Wise's medical specialty is general surgery and colon & rectal surgery. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Wise trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, cancer, and crohn's disease. Dr. Wise honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Gastrointestinal Center at Center for Advanced Medicine (Barnes-Jewish North), and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Surgery Procedures

Dr Elisa H Birnbaum MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Average rating 3.46 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
10 Barnes West Drive
Creve Coeur, MO

Dr. Elisa Birnbaum works as a general surgeon and colon and rectal surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. She attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Birnbaum has indicated that her clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, rectal cancer, and colon cancer. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Birnbaum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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All Interests: Incontinence, Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colo ... (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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