Diverticulosis is a condition in which small pouches or pockets form in the wall of the colon. These pouches can sometimes trap partially digested food particles or items such as seeds or nuts, which can lead to inflammation and infection which is called diverticulitis. There is no concrete evidence for what exactly causes diverticulitis, but many doctors agree that a low-fiber diet can contribute to the development of the condition. When there isn’t enough fiber in the diet to bulk up the stool, the colon has to work harder to expel the waste, which can lead to the development of the pouches.
Diverticulitis causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Many patients experience pain in the lower left side of the belly, which becomes worse during movement. The diverticulum may rupture and result in abscesses. Some patients experience diarrhea or constipation. Others may feel bloated, gassy, or have a loss of appetite. Diverticulitis can also cause nausea and vomiting. Persistent left lower quadrant pain can indicate a worsening of the diverticulitis. If you experience any of these symptoms and they do not subside in a day or so, make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment. If the doctor suspects diverticulitis, he may order blood tests or diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans.
Treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Antibiotics are the first course of treatment. Abscesses may need to be drained by radiology. Surgery is indicated for complicated diverticulitis. Dr. Wool and Dr. Hoeltgen are gifted surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries to treat diverticulitis. Surgery is often needed if the condition has not responded to other treatments, or if the patient is suffering from bowel obstruction, a fistula, or an abscess. The surgeons have vast experience in these operations. The new intestinal connection is made inside the body help improve recovery and reduce the size of the incisions. Their minimally invasive approaches offer many benefits to the patient, including improved recovery times, minimal scarring, reduced risk of infection, and better overall patient outcomes. The doctors at Barrington Surgeons will provide a thorough consultation to ensure that the best possible treatment is selected to address your condition.
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