We provide a comprehensive approach to care for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Our nationally recognized IBD experts treat children of all ages and are actively involved in IBD education and research to treat these conditions.
IBD second opinion consultations provide second opinions for children and teens with difficult or unusual cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Our IBD Second Opinion Program offers a thorough evaluation by nationally recognized expert Subra Kugathasan, M.D., and a team of experts, including physicians, nutritionists, radiologists and a psychologist.
Call us at 404-785-KIDS (5437).
Benefits to Your Child
IBD is a serious condition, and sometimes this condition requires an expert opinion when the conventional therapies fail. The IBD Second Opinion Program is great for patients and families who would like one more opinion before resorting to surgery or more potent, but potentially toxic, therapies.
All of our treatment plans are tailored to your child’s needs, giving your family the individualized information to make informed decisions about your child’s care.
Our comprehensive approach is particularly helpful for:
- Children with IBD who fail to respond to conventional treatment approaches or who require long-term steroid therapy.
- Children who may benefit from new treatment therapies.
- Children with delayed growth or sexual development.
- Parents who need advice about whether their children need surgical intervention at all.
We also perform nutritional assessments to manage short-term macro and micro-nutritional needs and to prevent long-term complications, such as osteoporosis. When requested, psychological assessments also are available.
Our doctors are actively involved in various research studies and clinical trials to better understand the causes of IBD and to find new treatments. These studies include a large national risk-stratification project; studies examining the genetics of IBD; and the evaluation of medical imaging of patients of IBD. Some of these efforts might fit in with your child’s needs, giving access to advance treatments and medicines—rather than surgery.
All of our findings will be shared with you, your child’s primary pediatrician and gastroenterologist at the end of your visit to ensure your child gets the comprehensive care needed at home.
Subra Kugathasan, M.D., received numerous awards for his nationally recognized work with pediatric IBD and was placed in the Best Doctors database from 2006 to 2009. His research includes a nationwide, multicenter research effort supported by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, National Institutes of Health and the Federal Drug Administration.
Dr. Kugathasan also discovered the genes that cause some children to be at risk for developing IBD.
Cary G. Sauer, M.D., M.Sc. received an award in 2008 from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) for clinical research in IBD. He is actively involved in the study of medical imaging and nutritional aspects of patients with IBD.
Your Second Opinion Visit
Most of our patients are seen at our outpatient clinic, with no admission to the hospital. Visits usually take two days, but in some cases, the examination could be finished in one day. Your child’s appointment includes:
- Thorough consultation from one or more of our specialists
- Possible esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy
- Other studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or video capsule endoscopy may be necessary to evaluate the extent of small bowel Chron's disease