Treatment for Diverticulitis at NVSCC

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Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center treats diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus for various cancers, as well as inflammatory bowel disease and a condition called diverticulitis.

Diverticula are small bulging pouches and form in the lower part of the large intestine. While they’re common, especially for those aged over 40, they seldom cause discomfort or health problems. However, if a pouch becomes inflamed or infected, diverticulitis occurs. Marble sized pouches protrude through the colon wall, and when they tear, the infection and inflammation causes severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and changes in your bowel habits, diverticulitis can be treated depending on the severity of the infection.

A mild case can be treated with rest, a change in diet and antibiotics. Though severe and recurring diverticulitis usually requires surgery, which is what we’re here for.

Symptoms could be misconstrued as stomach flu or food poisoning, so it’s important to listen to your body and pay attention to long and recurring symptoms that include:

-pain that persists for days in the lower abdomen
-nausea and vomiting
-fever
-constipation or diarrhea

For severe cases, hospitalization is needed for giving antibiotics and draining possible abscesses. There are two types of surgery to help, one is called a primary bowel resection, which means the doctor removes diseased segments of your intestine and connects healthy segments, making your large intestines shorter, but healthy. The second surgery is a bowel resection with colostomy. If the patient has too much inflammation to rejoin the colon and rectum, an opening (a stoma) in your abdomen is connected to the healthy part of your colon. Waste passes through the opening into a bag. Once the diverticulitis inflammation recedes, an additional surgery can reverse the colostomy and the bowel can be reconnected.

Treating diverticulitis can give you a better quality of life with less pain and worry. Our staff of passionate and skilled doctors at NVSCC can provide the quality treatment you’re seeking to better your rectal health. For more information on our treatment services, visit our website.

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