Centers & Services

The Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center

Introduction of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are included ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which have increased rapidly in recent years. These are intractable and can cause serious troubles in their daily lives due to symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bleeding. It is very important to diagnose IBD in their early stages and start treatment for them because of the progressive disease courses and irreversible intestinal damages. The Center conducts highly specialized medical treatment as a core hospital for IBD patients who are not only mild and moderate disease courses, but also serious or refractory in general commercial hospitals.

Management System

Director: Professor
Hiroyuki Okada
(Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
Vice-director: Assistant Professor
Sakiko Hiraoka
(Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology)
Vice-director: Assistant Professor
Yoshitaka Kondoh
(Digestive Tract Surgery, Minimally Invasive Therapy Center)

The Center consists mainly of gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery, pediatrics, and pediatric surgeon. In addition, a large number of departments and staff engage in IBD clinical practices.

Member departments

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Digestive intestinal surgery, pediatrics, and pediatric surgeon

Collaborative department

Nephrology, Diabetology and Endocrinology Department, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Anesthesiology and Resuscitology Department, Pediatric Anesthesiology Department, Diagnostic Pathology Department, Ophthalmology Department, Department of Dermatology, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Radiology, Neuropsychiatry Department, Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, Minimally Invasive Therapy Center, Division of Hemodialysis and Apheresis, Clinical Cancer Center, Department of Nursing, Hospital Pharmacy, Division of Clinical Dietary, Clinical Laboratory, Integrated Support Center for Patients and Self-learning

Management Policy

Besides Okayama neighborhood, we also accept patients who are severely refractory from Chugoku and Shikoku regions, while introducing back to the family doctor those who have stable medical conditions. We try to interact and individualize each patient because many of them are young and have many turning points of their lives such as advancement of school, employment, pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, etc. We examine outpatient / inpatients in detail at the case conference once a week, and we strive for patient education and enlightenment centered on patient meetings held twice a year.

Description of major treatment

1. Treatment of IBD

A) outpatients:
  • IBD specialists examine outpatients every weekday and get consultation as a second opinion from neighborhood hospital
B) inpatients:
  • IBD physicians and surgeons cooperate each other and accept IBD patients with severe or refractory disease courses. Aiming to minimally invasive operation, surgeons perform laparoscopic surgery as far as possible.

2. Treatment of non IBD

The Center accept the patients with refractory intestinal disorders excluded IBD

3. Enlightenment activities for IBD staff and patients

  • A) Study group for medical staff and co-worker
  • B) Communication with patients through IBD patients' network of Okayama University Hospital