How Infusion Therapy for Crohn’s Disease Works

How Infusion Therapy for Crohn’s Disease Works

Align Infusion Clinic is a state-of-the art medical infusion facility that offers individuals in and around the Metairie, Louisiana area highly effective treatment for chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s. 

Our specialty team is happy to provide information about this destructive disease and how infusion therapy can help.

Understanding Crohn’s   

About 3 million Americans experience the effects of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) according to estimates from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Crohn's is an IBD that causes varying degrees of inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract and may affect all or part of your large and small intestines.

Symptoms of Crohn’s can range from mild to severe and may include:

Crohn’s can also cause severe pain and drainage in the anal area due to fistula formation. These painful “tunnels” in the skin are caused by inflammation related to Crohn’s.

Other possible complications of Crohn’s include:

Crohn’s disease most often presents with episodic worsening (flare-ups) followed by periods of reduced symptoms or even remission that may last weeks to years with proper treatment.

Treating Crohn’s with infusion therapy

There is no cure for Crohn’s. However, the condition can be effectively managed with various treatments designed to relieve your symptoms and reduce your risk of developing serious health complications triggered by chronic inflammation.

Infusion therapy is delivered intravenously. This allows us to bypass an overly reactive digestive tract and deliver medications directly to your bloodstream. This often offers superior results compared to oral medications and other delivery paths. 

IV infusion is performed in-office at Align and is carefully formulated to meet your needs. Our team includes infectious disease and pharmacy specialists who expertly manage your sessions.   

Treatment strategies vary by individual and typically require a combination of medications that may include:

Your provider may also recommend going without food or drink (bowel rest) for several weeks to give your intestines a chance to heal. In that case, you may also require intravenous parenteral nutrition.  

What can I expect during infusion therapy for Crohn's?

IV infusion for Crohn’s can take two to four hours per treatment. Your provider discusses your plan in detail before you begin therapy.

Generally, however, the frequency of your treatments depends on the medication prescribed. Some patients may require two sessions initially, spaced two weeks apart, and then treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain symptom control. Others may need only one or two treatments to receive maximum benefit that is then maintained via oral medications or injections.

Once IV access is obtained, which may cause mild discomfort for a few seconds as the needle is inserted, infusion therapy is painless. 

Because the treatments can take several hours to complete, our goal at Align Infusion Clinic is to provide the advanced therapy you deserve in a relaxing rather than clinical atmosphere. We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and take advantage of the downtime to destress with reading, listening to music, meditating, etc.

For more information about the many IV infusion services we offer, including effective treatment for Crohn’s, schedule a visit at Align Infusion today. 

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