A 27-year-old member asked:

What can i do for my diverticulitis to avoid needing surgery?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 36 years experience
High Fiber Diet: It is thought that the high incidence of diverticular disease in the us is related to our low-fiber diet. I advise people to take 30grams of water-soluble fiber supplements a day, as well as 64 ounces of water.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 44 years experience
Diet and fluids: When talking of diverticulosis, eat a high fiber diet and drink a minimum of 80-100 ounces of noncaffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily, more if you do strenous activity or fly in planes a lot. If you have divertiulitis, ie infected diverticulum low fiber diet and 2 weeks of antibiotics. Maintain low fiber for 4-6 weeks after resolution of symptoms the resume recommendations for diverticulosis.
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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Take care of it: First and foremost take good care of your colon. This usually entails a high fiber diet with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid dehydration. Drink a lot of water. Keep your stools bulky and on the soft side. Your colon will be happy. Fiber supplements like metamucil might be needed.
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg commented
General Surgery 34 years experience
If you have had one episode of diverticulitis, then a colonoscopy is indicated.
Jul 13, 2013

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