A 32-year-old member asked:

When should i consider surgery for diverticulitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
Complications: Of all people who have diverticuli, only about 1% end up needing surgery. Surgery is reserved for complications of diverticulitis including generalized peritonitis, chronic narrowing of the colon (stricture), and post-inflammatory connections between the colon and bladder or vagina (fistulae). In addition, some people with many recurrent attacks opt for surgery.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Complication: Severe pain repeated obstruction of the bowel bleeding perforation and abscess otherwise follow your diet and any meds your doctor recommends.
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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
When complicated: Most diverticulitis is successfully treated with antibiotics. Indications for surgery include free perforation with sepsis, an abscess that can't be treated with percutaneous drainage, fistulas to other organs, strictures or obstruction, and occasionally numerous recurrent episodes of diverticulitis.
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