Ulcerative colitis - discharge

Inflammatory bowel disease - discharge; Ulcerative proctitis - discharge; Colitis - discharge

You were in the hospital to treat ulcerative colitis. This is a swelling (inflammation) of the inner lining of your colon and rectum (also called your large intestine). This article tells you how to take care of yourself when you return home.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Crohn disease, also called regional enteritis, is a chronic inflammation of the intestines which is usually confined to the terminal portion of the small intestine, the ileum. Ulcerative colitis is a similar inflammation of the colon, or large intestine. These and other IBDs (inflammatory bowel disease) have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

When You're in the Hospital

What to Expect at Home

Self-care

Stress

Drug Treatments

Follow-up

When to Call the Doctor