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Are there different types of diverticulitis cures?

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Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 31 years experience
No: While there are many different antibiotics that can be used to treat diverticulitis, and taking a regular fiber supplement may reduce the likelihood of further episodes, the only cure for diverticulitis is to remove the diseased portion of the colon. This is commonly done as a laparoscopic operation. It represents major surgery and is only indicated under certain circumstances.
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Cures=NO: Different treatments exist, but no cure. Diverticulitis is an infection, treated with either IV or oral antibiotics, and then dietary changes afterwards to prevent future attacks, but you will always have diverticuli forever, unless surgically removed for appropriate reasons (only in about 10% of all people with diverticulitis).
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Colon and Rectal Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: Surgery vs. Antibiotics.

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