Diverticulitis is the painful bacterial infection and inflammation of diverticula, or small, bulging pouches in the digestive system, most often in the lower part of the colon. Symptoms may include sudden, severe abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, fevers, chills, nausea or vomiting. Mild cases can be treated with rest, healthy diet changes and antibiotics to clear up the infection.
How to prevent Diverticulitis?
Increase the fiber in your diet. This will likely not prevent diverticulitis, but it may help to reduce the symptoms. Foods that are high in fiber include whole grains, pears, apples, prunes, leafy greens, and beans. If you aren’t getting a sufficient amount of fiber in your diet, your doctor may recommend a fiber supplement like methylcellulose or psyllium. Click here [link to: for more ideas about increasing the amount of fiber in your diet.
Take a medication like mesalazine to reduce abdominal pain and bloating or the antibiotic rifaximin to destroy the bacteria causing the infection.
Include a probiotic in your daily routine. Studies have shown that these live strains of bacteria, like those that occur naturally in your stomach and intestines, can help minimize the symptoms of diverticulitis. Probiotics can be taken in capsule, tablet or powder form, and also occur naturally in fermented foods like yogurt or sauerkraut. Click here to learn more about probiotics.
For more severe cases, doctors may recommend a liquid diet for short time. If the colon requires even more time to heal, you may need to receive nutrition via IV, as well as antibiotics. However, those experiencing severe or recurring diverticulitis or any major complication associated with diverticulitis may require surgery.
Diverticulitis surgery removes the diseased part of the colon and reconnects the remaining parts. Depending on the severity, the colon may need to undergo multiple surgeries to completely rid it of the diseased diverticula.
What to Expect When You Need a Bowel Resection
Bowel resection requires patients to go under general anesthesia. Recovery time is generally four to 14 days. If more surgeries or colostomy needed, recovery time increases to six weeks or more. Additionally, while this surgery enjoys a relatively high success rate, complications can arise. These complications include scar tissue, leaks between the joined sections of the colon, or injury to the bladder, ureters, or blood vessels.
Bowel resections can also be performed laparoscopically, depending on the particulars of the case. Those particulars, in addition, also determine the cost, which can range from $2,000 to over $6,000. Moreover, at IBI Healthcare Institute, we value quality, affordability, and honesty. If you are in need of surgery to correct your diverticulitis, contact us for a consultation.