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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a condition that occurs when small pockets or pouches, called diverticula, develop in the walls of the colon and become inflamed or infected. It is a very common condition that affects millions of people in the United States.

Medical illustration of Diverticulitis, showing inflammation and infection in the diverticula of the colon.
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Risk Factors
Prevention

Symptoms of Diverticulitis

The symptoms of diverticulitis can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, which is usually in the left lower abdomen. Bloating, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea can occur. In severe cases, complications such as abscesses, perforation, obstruction, or bleeding can occur.

Diagnosis of Diverticulitis

The diagnosis of diverticulitis involves a combination of physical exams, blood tests, imaging tests, and endoscopic procedures. A colonoscopy can rule out other conditions giving similar symptoms and a CT scan can help visualize the inflamed area and determine the severity of the condition.

Risk factors for Diverticulitis

Several risk factors have been identified for diverticulitis, including aging, a low-fiber diet, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, and certain medications.

Prevention for Diverticulitis

The prevention of diverticulitis involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a high-fiber diet, regular exercise, avoiding smoking, and reducing stress.

Treating Diverticulitis

The treatment of diverticulitis typically involves antibiotics to control the infection and a liquid or low-fiber diet to allow the colon to rest. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary, and surgery is required to remove the damaged or infected part of the colon and connecting the two ends together.

Why Choose Dr. Marines for Diverticulitis Treatment?

If you are living with diverticulitis, it's important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Diego Marines. As a leading colon and rectal surgeon in Houston, Texas, Dr. Marines has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of diverticulitis. He uses the most minimally invasive techniques and personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients. Dr. Diego Marines is one of the surgeons who treats the most cases of diverticulitis per year and he provides you with the highest quality care for diverticulitis treatment.
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Diverticulitis Frequently Asked Questions

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common condition that occurs when small pockets or pouches, called diverticula, develop in the walls of the colon and become inflamed or infected.

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Common symptoms of diverticulitis include abdominal pain (usually in the left lower abdomen), bloating, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea. Complications such as abscesses, perforation, obstruction, or bleeding can occur in severe cases.

How is diverticulitis diagnosed?

The diagnosis of diverticulitis involves physical exams, blood tests, imaging tests (such as a CT scan), and endoscopic procedures. A colonoscopy can rule out other conditions giving similar symptoms and a CT scan can help visualize the inflamed area and determine the severity of the condition.

What are the risk factors for diverticulitis?

Several risk factors have been identified for diverticulitis, including aging, a low-fiber diet, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, and certain medications.

How is diverticulitis treated?

The treatment of diverticulitis typically involves antibiotics to control the infection and a liquid or low-fiber diet to allow the colon to rest. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary, and surgery is required to remove the damaged or infected part of the colon and connect the two ends together.

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