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Infusion Treatment in Concord, NC

What is Infusion Treatment For IBD?

Infusion treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) involves the administration of medications through intravenous infusion to manage and control the symptoms of IBD. Inflammatory Bowel Disease comprises conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which are characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.


When is an Infusion Treatment Needed

There are several reasons why a gastroenterologist may prescribe infusions for IBD. One reason is that the medications used in infusions can be more effective than those taken orally in reducing inflammation in the bowel. This may help to prevent further damage to the intestine and improve symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bleeding.

Another reason why infusions may be prescribed is that they can be more convenient than taking medications orally. The medications used in infusions can be delivered directly to the site of inflammation, which can provide relief from symptoms faster than oral medications.

Finally, infusions may be prescribed because they can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. The infusion staff at Northeast Digestive will work with you to find the best medication and dosage for you, and will also address any concerns or questions you have about your treatment.

What to Expect about an Infusion Treatment at Concord, NC

When you arrive for your infusion appointment, you will be greeted by our infusion staff. They will ask you a few questions about your health and current medications. You will then be seated in one of our infusion rooms and hooked up to an IV. The infusion itself will take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on which medication is being infused. You will be able to watch TV, read, or use any personal devices during the infusion.

How to Prepare For an Infusion Treatment

Preparing for an infusion treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) involves several steps to ensure a safe and effective experience. Here are some general guidelines to help you prepare:

  • Stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to the infusion. Adequate hydration can make the infusion process smoother.
  • Maintain a balanced diet to ensure proper nutrition, especially if you have dietary restrictions related to your IBD.
  • Infusion treatments can take several hours, so make transportation arrangements in advance. You may want to have someone accompany you to and from the infusion center.
  • Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up to provide easy access to your arm for the infusion.
  • Bring items that help you relax during the infusion, such as a book, headphones, or other forms of entertainment.
  • Infusion treatments can take several hours, so plan for downtime. Bring snacks, a water bottle, and anything else you might need to make the experience more comfortable.
  • Inform the healthcare team if you experience any changes in your health or if you develop new symptoms before the scheduled infusion.
  • Your healthcare provider will provide instructions for after the infusion, including any potential side effects to watch for and when to seek medical attention.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and your healthcare provider may provide specific instructions based on your circumstances. Open communication with your healthcare team is crucial to ensuring a successful and well-managed infusion treatment for IBD.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there side effects to IBD Infusion therapy?

IBD infusion therapy, like any medical treatment, can have side effects. Possible side effects include infusion site reactions, flu-like symptoms, headaches, nausea, fatigue, allergic reactions, infections, and liver problems.
It's essential to discuss potential side effects with your Concord clinic doctor before starting infusion therapy and to report any unusual symptoms promptly.

How long does each infusion session last?

Infusion sessions typically last between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the specific medication being administered and individual factors.

How frequently will I need to undergo infusion therapy?

Frequency varies based on your condition and the medication prescribed, ranging from every few weeks to every few months.

How soon can I expect to see improvement in my IBD symptoms after starting infusion therapy?

Improvement timelines vary, but some patients may experience relief within a few weeks to months of starting infusion therapy.

Will my insurance cover infusion therapy for IBD?

Coverage varies by insurance plan, but infusion therapy for IBD is often covered if deemed medically necessary. Check your policy or contact your provider for details.

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Northeast Digestive Health Center
1070 Vinehaven Drive NE
Concord, North Carolina 28025
Phone: (704)783-1840
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