Diverticular Disease Treatment

Diverticulitis normally requires treatment with antibiotics and in some cases this treatment needs to be in hospital. These attacks normally settle down quite quickly but people often feel some discomfort for several weeks after

CT Scan can be helpful in making the diagnosis and assessing the infection. Some patients who have frequent episodes of infection might be advised to have a planned operation to remove the affected part of the bowel. When an abscess develops a CT scan is usually required to make the diagnosis. Usually the abscess can be drained from the outside without an operation and antibiotics are given.
Bleeding from the bowel normally stops on its own. Sometimes a blood transfusion is required. It is very rare for an operation to be needed.

Although rare, if peritonitis develops an emergency operation to remove the affected part of the bowel is usually required.

Surgical procedures that can be performed for diverticular disease can include:

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email enquiries@birminghambowelclinic.co.uk
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