Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Specialist

John Vizuete, MD, MPH

Gastroenterologist located in San Antonio, TX

Close to 3 million American adults have been diagnosed with some type of inflammatory bowel disease. At his office in San Antonio, John Vizuete, MD, MPH, offers men and women comprehensive and expert gastroenterological diagnosis, preventive, and curative care. If you believe you’re experiencing symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call or go online today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a range of medical conditions or diseases that cause pain and inflammation in your bowels. The most common kinds of inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease refers to inflammation of your digestive tract. If left untreated, Crohn’s disease can spread deep within the layers of your bowel tissue, causing debilitating pain and life-threatening complications.

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis refers to an inflammatory disease that triggers the formation of ulcers in your large intestine and rectum. In most cases, symptoms develop spontaneously.

What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

While there are many types of bowel diseases, most share similar symptoms, including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

These symptoms vary according to the intensity of your inflammation. In severe cases, inflammatory bowel disease can cause blood clots, colon cancers, fistulas, and bowel obstructions.

What is gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis refers to a condition that harms your stomach’s muscle movements.

Healthy stomach muscles smoothly push food through the digestive tract. Gastroparesis slows or paralyzes these muscles, hindering your stomach’s ability to empty itself.

If left untreated, gastroparesis can severely interfere with your digestion and lead to nausea and vomiting, as well as issues with your blood sugar levels. Common symptoms of gastroparesis include but are not limited to:

  • Acid reflux
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to eat full meals
  • Vomiting undigested food
  • Abdominal bloating

Contact Dr. Vizuete if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms.

What is eosinophilic esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an immune disorder that causes a buildup of white blood cells in the lining of your esophagus. These buildups can cause severe inflammation and damage your esophageal tissue.

The most common symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis include:

  • Problems swallowing
  • Heartburn and chest pain
  • Food regurgitation
  • Upper abdominal pain

If these symptoms don’t seem to get better, you should seek treatment from Dr. Vizuete.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

Dr. Vizuete will recommend anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics to help with the inflammation and prevent it from swelling. He might also suggest immune system suppressors to treat your intestinal lining.

If traditional treatment doesn’t yield conclusive results, Dr. Vizuete specializes in investigative therapies to address your symptoms. He has an in-house research department committed to providing high-quality clinical trials and research.

If you’re looking for innovative and effective treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vizuete today by phone or online.