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does diverticulitis require surgery? and if so, what is involved i researched as much as i can, but have not found the answers i've been looking for. what is involved in a surgery for diverticulitis. i have heard multiple stories from multiple sources and

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Dr. Michael Sheffield
34 years experience Gastroenterology
First : First of all, diverticulitis usually does not require surgery and can be handled medically with antibiotics. If surgery is required it can frequently be done with a resection where they can reattatch the colon right back together. In some cases depending on the severity of the diverticulitis and/or location, a temporary colostomy may be needed until all the infection heals. Without knowing the specifics of the case a single answer is not possible.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Olaf Johansen
35 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depend: General indications for surgery are 1)multiple well documented attacks (documented not just by rt lower quadrant pain, but by elevated temperature, white count or definite ct scan or endoscopy evidence of diverticulites 2) complicated diverticulites by abscess, fistula or strictures. Ideally we like to operate in an elective situation where there is not an acute infection as a one stage surgery.
Answered on Jan 23, 2013

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