Diverticula are small, swollen pockets that primarily form in weak spots of the lining of the large intestine (colon), resulting in a condition known as diverticulosis. These pockets are fairly common and mostly harmless unless they tear and become infected or inflamed. This is then referred to as diverticulitis.
Certain people are more likely to develop diverticulitis than others. Risk factors for developing diverticulitis include:
Symptoms of diverticulitis may last from several hours to several days, depending on the severity of the infection or inflammation. Symptoms include:
To confirm a diverticulitis diagnosis, the specialists at Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC) may recommend the following to rule out other potential conditions:
Treatments for diverticulitis are dependent upon the severity of the condition. If symptoms are mild, patients are typically treated at home with:
If symptoms are severe or there are other health complications, hospitalization may be required. When patients are hospitalized, treatment usually involves intravenous antibiotics and tube insertion to drain an abscess (if one has formed).
In some cases, surgery might be required to effectively treat diverticulitis. Patients who could potentially benefit from surgery may:
If surgery is deemed necessary, there are two types of surgical treatments for this condition:
At Digestive Healthcare Center, our gastroenterologists proudly work with patients to address digestive health concerns, including diverticulitis. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at one of our three gastroenterology centers in New Jersey, and for those who can’t make it to the office, we offer convenient GI telemedicine visits, where you can meet with a DHC physician from the comfort of your home. If you are experiencing symptoms of diverticulitis, please contact us to make an appointment today.
Our team of gastroenterologists at Digestive Healthcare Center wants to help you live a healthier and more comfortable life, by helping you put your digestive health first. Please contact us today to make an appointment or to learn more about our gastroenterology services in NJ.