Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, which occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks their own body tissues. In this case, the gastrointestinal tract. This is different from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which does not cause inflammation, ulcers or other damage to the bowel.
These diseases are debilitating, relapsing conditions that emerge in young adulthood and affect patients throughout their life.
At the Bionics Institute we have developed a small, implantable medical device to manage IBD. This world-first device applies electrical stimulation to the abdominal branch of the vagus nerve – a major nerve that connects the brain to the gut – and once activated reduces inflammation in the gut.
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