Treatment for Ischemic Colitis or Ischemic Colitis

The severity of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis condition in the body determines the procedure of treatment to be under taken.

The indications of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis in a person may go within two to three days if it is mild. However doctors may suggest the following to treat Ischemic Colitis:

Ischemic Colitis Treatment

  • Antibiotics, to recover from the colon infections.
  • Intravenous fluids to hydrate the body if found dehydrated due to ischemic colitis.
  • Treatment for congestive heart failure or complaints of irregular heartbeat.
  • Prescriptions are given devoid of drugs which obstruct migraine, heart problems and other hormonal disorders.

As a part of treatment, regular follow-up of colonoscopies is utmost necessary to monitor the healing process of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis.

Surgery for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis

Most cases of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis cures by its own. However in rare cases a surgery may be required to treat Ischemic Colitis. This can be for the following:

  • Removal of dead tissue from the blood vessels.
  • Correction of hole in the large intestine.
  • Correction of blockage in the arteries of the intestine.
  • Removal of a part of a narrowed colon due to scarring or blockage.

People with complaints of heart diseases or fluctuations in blood pressure are likely to be recommended for ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis surgery than others.

Diet for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis

Regular meals at small intervals are necessary to maintain a good health for ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis. However the quantity has to be small in each meal. The following lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits have to be adapted to maintain healthy intestine and prevent the recurrence of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis.

Food to Include in your Diet for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis:

  • Avoid eating inflammatory foods which can cause more damage to the digestive system and ultimately to the colon. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are good to be eaten during this period.
  • Eat food which is easy to digest. Thus the workload of the digestive system will be reduced. This will be effective in the healing process.
  • Eat more bananas to fight ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis with potassium. Bananas are easy to digest and a rich source to potassium. It helps the body to recover after dehydration. Bananas contain lots of fiber and vitamin C to make the digestive process easy.
  • Buttermilk is one of the best fluids to be consumed for a person suffering from Ischemic Colitis. It can be digested easily unlike whole milk and is the store of potassium, calcium and phosphorus. It contains riboflavin vitamins which encourages the digestive health. Buttermilk is effective in recovery from dehydration which usually occurs in Ischemic Colitis. It is a tasty way to fulfill the water content of the body and also does not create pressure on the digestive system.
  • Applesauce is another rich source of antioxidants like phlorizin, chlorogenic acid and catechin and should be included in your diet for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis. These antioxidants are effective against multiple disorders of the digestive system. The anti-inflammatory properties of such antioxidants soothe the colon. It contains high fiber that makes the digestion process easy.
  • Watermelons are one good source of amino acid citrulline and Should be included in your diet for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis. It helps in maintaining a proper blood circulation and makes sure that large intestine is supplied with adequate blood. Regular eating of watermelon is helpful in reducing the risk of Ischemic Colitis.
  • Tofu, white fish, blueberries, coconut water, papayas, plums, gelatin, apple, porridge, honeydew, pear, rice, squash, yogurt, and wheatgrass juice are prescribed to be part of diet during the treatment for Ischemic Colitis.

Foods to Avoid in Your Diet for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis:

Alcohol is one of the major reasons to increase the level of cholesterol in blood. People consuming alcohol have greater chances of getting affected with ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis than others. The alcohol is absorbed in the walls of the arteries and hence there creates a blockage in the flow of blood. It can also lead to ulcers in the stomach.

Consumption of caffeine is also harmful during the treatment of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis. The acid level of the stomach usually increases by it.

Food which creates gas in the body like broccoli, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, espresso beans etc. should be avoided by people suffering from Ischemic Colitis. Carbonated drinks or other plant sprouting should also be avoided during this phase.

Yoga Poses or Asanas for Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis

Once you are fully and completely recovered from the ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis, you should slowly start performing the below mentioned yoga poses in order to strengthen your large intestine.

  1. Marjariasana or the cat pose
  2. Pavanamuktasana or the wind-relieving pose
  3. Ardha Matsyendrasana or the sitting half-spinal twist
  4. Downward-facing dog pose or adho mukha shvanasana
  5. Cobra pose or Bhujangasana
  6. Dhanurasana or Bow pose
  7. Camel Pose or Ustrasana
  8. Paschimottanasana

These yoga poses will help you in stopping the recurrence of ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis and strengthen your large intestine. The poses should be learned from a professional and should be practiced regularly for maximum benefits. As a best practice, relax for 15 minutes to half an hour before and after practicing these yoga poses for ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis.

Recovery Period or Healing Time of Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis

A change in the life style is necessary for people to recover from ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis. Initial medication or surgery will help the patient to recover and heal. A healthy and active lifestyle is important to maintain the recovery and avoid any further occurrence of the disease.

People tend to look weak after the death tissue removal surgery. Right treatment can ensure a quick and effective recovery with very less impact on the outlook/prognosis.

Prevention of Ischemic Colitis or Ischaemic Colitis

As we have studied about ischemic colitis or ischaemic colitis so far, it is clear that there is no definite way of preventing it. People who are affected from this syndrome may recover by themselves or need mild treatment.

Also, the elementary medication to prohibit occurrence of any blockage in the blood vessels are prescribed by the doctor. Apart from that, the followings are also very important:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Eating healthy
  • Healthy heart
  • Reduction of stress levels
  • Control over level of blood cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Control over smoking.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: November 27, 2015

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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