Author: Dr. Stephen Wangen is the award winning author of two books on solving digestive disorders, and a nationally recognized speaker on IBS. He has been on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio. He was recently named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine.
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What is the proper treatment for your IBS? While IBS sufferers report similar symptoms (one or more of abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloating), the root cause of those IBS symptoms will vary greatly (as discussed by Dr. Rajilic-Stojanavik in the American Journal of Gastroenterology). The key to finding the proper treatment is identifying the true cause of your symptom(s).
We approach each patient individually. We don’t just say that, we actually do that. There is no single treatment for people with IBS. There are literally hundreds of different ways to treat IBS, and there always will be. In order to help you, we have to figure out which one or combination of treatments is appropriate for you. Our approach to properly identifying and treating IBS causes and symptoms, developed by Dr. Wangen who himself is a former IBS sufferer, is the key to our success.
This approach goes far beyond what your primary care doctor and gastroenterologist can do for IBS. At best they will present you with a one size fits all approach. If that doesn’t work, click on the links below to read about some common treatments for IBS and how we integrate those into our unique system of diagnosis and treatment:
A different approach to IBS Treatment that works
IBS is a broad label covering many symptoms and many more causes. Most websites, and even most doctors (including gastroenterologists), will tell you that there is no cure, or they apply one treatment to all cases of IBS. And if that doesn’t work, then you’re SOL.
We are specialists in treating IBS. We know that each patient is unique, and we know that we can’t give every patient that same treatment. With our highly specialized approach we can help patients discover the cause of their IBS within one month. You can read about patient success stories here.
How Our Technique is Different
First, we know that IBS is curable. This is key. If your provider doesn’t think that it can be cured, then it follows that they won’t be able to help people overcome IBS. We know that it can be cure because we have a long history of helping people do exactly that.
Second, we recognize that although there are many treatments that might cure your IBS, the key is identifying which ONE is the solution that will work FOR YOU. Our company’s founder, a doctor who has been cured of IBS for 20 years, developed a unique process and assembled a team of IBS doctors dedicated to curing IBS. Our proven system has been perfected on thousands of patient since we opened nearly 15 years ago.
See our process for treating and curing IBS in our patients
The average time to find the cause of IBS in our patients: 30 Days
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Before your appointment
It all starts with our highly-detailed IBS Patient Questionnaire. We collect information about you and your concerns using our special questionnaire that is provided to you when you schedule your first consult.
This allows you to fill out the form before your session, taking your time to document as many details as possible about your situation. The questions are extensive, but be rest assured our doctors read every word you write. The outcome is an accurate and complete Patient Profile that helps us best help you.
What to Expect – Initial Appointment
Your consultations may be very different than what you’ve experienced at other clinics, meaning that they are longer and that we will not only be listening to everything you say, but have more questions. Also, we do not double book or leave you sitting around for hours, and you don’t see a nurse or medical assistant, only the doctor.
You will also have ample time to ask the doctor questions and share your concerns, and you can expect us to truly listen and to give you real answers.
If you have a particularly complex case or for whatever reason would like an extra long appointment, just let us know!
Our doctors will want to know everything you can tell us about your symptoms, including:
- Detailed descriptions of the symptoms you have
- When they started, how often and when they occur
- How they’ve changed or haven’t changed over time
- What makes them better or worse
- Everything you’ve done to try to treat them
- Any treatments that made your symptoms worse
- Anything else you feel is important for us to know
We will ask you questions, such as:
- What doctors have you seen for your IBS?
- What did they do?
- What tests have you had done?
- What were the results?
- What are you eating now and what kinds of diets have you tried in the past?
- Are you avoiding any foods?
- What kinds of medications and supplements are you taking now or have taken to treat your symptoms?
IBS Testing Information
As with all specialists, we usually need to collect more data before we can make meaningful treatment recommendations. This phase will be determined after learning more about what testing you’ve already had done.
We use many different labs, and our founder personally visits and tests the labs and selects only the very best one for each type of testing done.
All Services can be Offered Via Telemedicine/Videoconference
As with many medical services in the modern age, you can eliminate travel time and travel costs if you prefer to do these appointments via phone or video. If testing is required, we can also accomplish this from a distance. Please click here for information on our telemedicine program.
What to Expect – Follow Up
By your second consult (usually about one month after the first) we typically have enough pieces to the puzzle to gain a far greater understanding about the cause of your IBS, which means we have a much better idea about how to treat it.
This appointment is critical for reviewing any new lab work, ensuring you have a complete understanding of the results, giving you a chance to ask questions, and for the doctor to create a customized treatment plan just for you.
The next part of the process is making sure that the treatment is working. Every time you have a follow-up consult, our first line of questioning will focus on what has changed, if anything, since your last consult.
If the treatment is working, we need to know how well and create a plan so that you will continue to improve and heal until you no longer have IBS.
If it’s not working, we need to figure out why not. Both parties have to be honest about the process in order for it to work. We do not believe in a one-shot attempt, crossing our fingers, and then saying goodbye no matter your outcome.
We don’t want you to pretend to feel better if you don’t, and we won’t pretend our treatment worked when it didn’t. We are dedicated to the process of finding the cause of your symptoms and we won’t be satisfied until you are healthy and happy.
As part of this process, we have a team of people here to help you get better. That includes the people who answer the phones and schedule your appointments as well as the doctors. Everyone believes in our process, because they’ve seen it work, and they are working to help you get better.
We also have a specially trained Registered Dietitian who focuses on IBS, and who understands the needs of our patients and is our resident foodie. She can help anyone have a fun diet!
Thousands of IBS Patients – Remarkable Results
Simply put, what we do works – and it works well – and it works for most patients with IBS. Our treatments work so well because our practice is focused solely on IBS. We were founded more than a decade ago and were honored as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in 2015.
Dr Wangen has been free of his IBS for 20 years and that’s his goal for every patient that comes into the IBS Treatment Center.
We are the Home of the IBS Specialists and are ready to help you. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.
More information about IBS Treatments
So how exactly do we treat IBS? It’s impossible to give a blanket answer when each patient’s program is so unique and highly specialized. Below are some of the most popular approaches to IBS and how we integrate these into our system.