Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diverticulitis Treatment

Treatment of mild diverticulitis includes a clear liquid diet, antibiotics, antispasmodic medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. As many as one-quarter of patients with more significant symptoms, will require surgery.

Many cases of diverticulitis can be safely treated at home. Severe symptoms require hospitalization.

Treatment of mild diverticulitis includes:

Treatment of severe diverticulitis may include:
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Intravenous antibiotics:
  • Surgery for diverticulitis
    • Removal of diseased intestine
    • Colostomy: surgery to divert feces inside the colon to an opening in the lower abdomen

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Diverticulitis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of diverticulitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Diverticulitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat diverticulitis:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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