When a chronic autoimmune condition, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cannot be effectively treated by oral medications, our doctors may prescribe infusion therapy. This means that a specific drug is administered intravenously in order to help treat gastrointestinal conditions and improve your symptoms.
Many people with digestive issues or stomach pain also tend to suffer from malabsorption of nutrients from the food they eat. For many of these people, the best way – and for some, the only way – to achieve proper absorption of nutrients is through an infusion.
We provide a wide range of infusion services to our patients in a convenient, comfortable, and private setting with very little wait time and ample appointment availability. This allows you to receive uninterrupted medical service from the same doctors and nurses who are familiar with your medical history.
Depending on your insurance carrier and plan, this procedure can often be done at a lower cost.
Intravenous therapeutic drugs we offer include:
- CIMZIA® – a lyophilized biologic injection for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease
- ENTYVIO® – a new biologic treatment for adults with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who have had inadequate responses to conventional therapies for their symptoms
- REMICADE® – a biologic for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in both adults and pediatric patients
- STELARA® – a new biologic for treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease
- HUMIRA – A TNF-alpha blocker that helps control inflammation, back pain, and stiffness associated with ankylosing spondylitis.
How do I know which treatment is right for me?
Your doctor will explore the options with you and recommend the one with the best projected outcome. Once you and your doctor have agreed on a treatment program, you’ll need to visit one of the websites listed above that corresponds with your treatment, fill out some information, and get approved with your insurance.
What to Expect with Outpatient Infusion Treatment
The infusion process typically lasts an hour, however, that time can vary based on the type of medication administered and also the kind of illness or infection being treated. The dosage will also determine the length of infusion. Typically, the first infusion you receive will be done more slowly to ensure you have no adverse effects.
How Do I Prepare For My Infusion Therapy?
- Drink plenty of water prior to your visit
- Wear clothing with layers, the center may be cool to some, warm to others
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
- Some patients may need to premedicate (blood pressure medication, etc.)
- Bring a list of your current medications
- Consider bringing a book, magazines, or a tablet/iPad to keep yourself occupied during the treatment.
Infusion Suite Amenities
- Private restroom
- Comfortable reclining Lounge Chairs
- Blankets & support pillows
- Complimentary refreshments