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Diverticulitis Treated? 

How is Diverticulitis Treated?
 

It is important that symptoms be evaluated by a colon-rectal surgeon before you try self-treatment. A colon-rectal surgeon will perform a thorough examination and recommend treatment.  The physicians at Connecticut Colon & Rectal Surgery, LLC develop an individualized treatment plan based on your symptoms and examination.

Typically, as a preservative measure, individuals diagnosed with diverticulosis are advised to eat a diet high in fiber, fruits, and vegetables while limiting the intake of red meat.

Most cases of diverticulitis are treated with antibiotics.  Surgery may be required to treat diverticulitis if a patient has any of the following indications:

  • If there is a complication such as an abscess, fistula, obstruction, or puncture in the bowel wall

  • Severe cases that do not respond to maximum medical therapy

  • You have multiple episodes of uncomplicated diverticulitis

  • You have a weak immune system

 

Surgery for diverticular disease usually involves removal of the affected part of the colon, and may or may not involve a colostomy or ileostomy, where a part of the intestine brought out through the abdominal wall to drain into a bag. A decision regarding the type of operation is made with your surgeon on a case-by-case basis.

 

If you believe you are currently suffering from or have previously suffered from diverticulitis and want to relieve your discomfort, give our office a call at              (860) 826-3880 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. If appropriate and availability allows, a consultation appointment will be scheduled for you to be seen by one of our experienced physicians, generally, within a two-week timeframe of contacting the office.  Procedures are generally scheduled shortly thereafter.

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