Inflammatory bowel diseases are relatively common and can affect individuals at any age. Symptoms may vary considerably between individuals and may include abdominal pain, weight loss, abdominal infections, nutritional problems, diarrhoea, bleeding from the bowel and inflammation around the anus. There are 2 distinct types – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, although there may be overlap of symptoms between the two. Treatment usually comprises medication however many patients require surgery at some point in their lives. Exeter Specialist Clinics offer specialist surgical care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease from experts in the field. We also have close links with non surgical specialists who are nationally recognised leaders in the field.