Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem with the intestines that causes pain or discomfort in the stomach area. Pain may occur alone or with constipation or diarrhea. Other symptoms can include bloating, mucus in the stool, or a feeling that the bowel has not completely emptied. IBS is caused by problems with how the brain communicates with the digestive system, and stress and anxiety often make it worse. People suffering from IBS often find relief by trying various medications and sometimes by changing their diet.


UAB Medicine is known worldwide as a leading center for digestive and liver disorders. Our Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery program is consistently recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. We see more than 20,000 patients and perform more than 12,000 outpatient procedures annually.

Our Digestive Health Center combines gastroenterology care, GI surgery, and a wide range of advanced diagnostic and support services in a convenient location for our patients. The center is staffed by specialists in gastroenterology, radiology, and GI surgery, all of whom work together as a diverse team of digestive health experts. UAB gastroenterologists use the most up-to-date technology to diagnose and treat GERD accurately and thoughtfully. Our GI surgeons are experts in treating GERD using modern treatment options, and they perform over 100 laparoscopic or robotic operations for GERD each year.






UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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