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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
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.
Answered on Aug 5, 2018
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
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.
Answered on Aug 4, 2013
Dr. Michael Sawyer
35 years experience General Surgery
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.
Answered on Jul 24, 2018
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg commented
31 years experience General Surgery
If you have had one episode of diverticulitis, then a colonoscopy is indicated.
Jul 13, 2013

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