Diverticulitis is an inflammation colon disease that occurs when small pouches, sacs, or pouches of diverticulosis in your digestive tracts become inflamed. They can cause pain and other complications in your body.
What causes diverticulitis?
Diverticulosis is simply a weakened spot along your colon or a weakening of the wall of the colon that causing the pouches to protrude through the colon wall. Diverticulitis happens when the pouches become inflamed, torn, or infected.
What are the complications of diverticulitis?
Complications such as swelling, perforations, bowel blockage, abscesses, fistulas, and peritonitis are common if the condition is left untreated.
How do you prevent diverticulitis?
The best way to prevent diverticulitis is becoming proactive with a healthy lifestyle; exercise regularly, eat food rich in fiber, quit smoking and hydrate a lot.
Is Diverticulitis Surgery Necessary for You?
Diverticulitis is not harmful to the digestive tract, however, there severe cases of diverticulitis that are life threatening and in need of surgery. Diverticulitis procedure is right for you if:
- Have repeated attacks of diverticulitis
- Rectal bleeding
- Prolonged abdominal pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Severe bowel movement, constipation, diarrhea
- Clear signs of sepsis
- Nausea and vomiting
There are two types of diverticulitis. One is called bowel resection with primary anastomosis and bowel resection with colostomy.
Once the diverticulitis procedure is done, ensure you have enough rest for at least two weeks. Arrange to have someone ready to care for you once you’re discharge from the hospital.