What is Diverticulitis? Treating Your Colon

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Have you been experiencing stomach cramps, fever, bloating and/or nausea? It may not be just the stomach flu. NVSCC treats a condition called diverticulitis.

What is Diverticulitis?

Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that form in the lower part of the large intestine. The pouches are common, especially for people aged 40 and older. They rarely cause problems or pain. 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 cause severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and changes in your bowel habits. The good news? Diverticulitis can be treated, depending on the severity of the infection.

A mild case can be treated with rest and a change in diet and antibiotics. Foods to avoid include any foods that are high in fiber. Your doctor may recommend a liquid diet for a period of time to allow your bowels to heal. However, severe and recurring diverticulitis usually requires surgery.

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

  • Persisting pain in the lower abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite

For severe cases, hospitalization is needed in order to give antibiotics and drain possible infection sites.

Surgery for Diverticulitis Treatment

There are two types of diverticulitis surgery. One is called a primary bowel resection, which means the doctor removes diseased segments of your intestines and connects healthy segments, making your large intestines shorter, but healthy.

The second surgery is a bowel resection with colostomy. If your colon has too much inflammation to rejoin the colon and rectum, then 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.

Diverticulitis treatment can give you a better quality of life with less pain and worry. Get diagnosed and treated with NVSCC in Las Vegas, Nevada and get back to your life.

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