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How much time does it usually take to recover after diverticulitis surgery?

How much time does it usually take to recover after diverticulitis surgery?

4-6 weeks: Depending on whether the surgery is laparoscopic or open changes the recovery. Typically my patients are home after 4-5 days and back doing usual activity 3 weeks later. If the surgery was open - requiring an old fashioned incision - the stay is 5-7 days and it is 4-6 weeks of recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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What is the recovery time after surgery for diverticulitis?

What is the recovery time after surgery for diverticulitis?

Elective?Emergency?: Surgery for diverticulitis may be performed emergently (to treat an active episode) or electively (to prevent future episodes). In the former situation, one may be quite ill and the operation is usually "open" with a colostomy, all leading to a prolonged convalescence. When elective, this is usually laparoscopic and w/o a stoma; people are home in 2-3 days and back to work in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How much quicker is the recovery time for laparoscopic colon surgery over open surgery? I have diverticulitis and my doctor mentioned that surgery is a very real possibility for me. I was researching surgeries and couldn't figure out what the recovery tim

How much quicker is the recovery time for laparoscopic colon surgery over open surgery? I have diverticulitis and my doctor mentioned that surgery is a very real possibility for me. I was researching surgeries and couldn't figure out what the recovery tim

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read more

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Should a person have surgery after an attack of diverticulitis?

Sometimes: It depends on if this is your first episode of diverticulitis and successfully treated with antibiotics, then no surgery indicated. If you had complicated diverticulitis with significant abscess or rupture, then surgery is more likely indicated. If you have had repeated episodes of diverticulitis requiring medical treatment, more than 2 to 3 episodes, then surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a diverticulitis rupture with an ostomy bag after surgery?

Is it possible for a diverticulitis rupture with an ostomy bag after surgery?

Possible: It only requires one pocket to leak to cause trouble. Unless your surgeon resected all diseased segment (not recommended) it is possible to have recurrent infection-even rupture. When was the surgery? It may be residual infection that will eventually clear. ...Read more

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What to do about gas after diverticulitis surgery?

What to do about gas after diverticulitis surgery?

Depends: Sometimes increased fiber intake in the diet recommended after diverticulitis can cause more gas and bloating of the abdomen as a side effect. Over the counter products containing simethicone may be of some benefit with symptoms. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis.Was hospitalized for a week. After 2 weeks I see white mucus in my stool.I also have narrowing in my colon.do I require surgery?

Diverticulitis: usually gets managed with anitibiotics, as you have been. Ciprofloxacin and flagyl are drugs of choice and patietns do get better with antibiotics and supportive care. When it doesn't get better than surgery is indicated. At 58 yo maybe its time for a follow up colonoscopy if you havent had one already. ...Read more

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Appx what percentage develop a stricture after surgery 4 colon/bladder fistula & diverticulitis? Is the balloon treatment (dillation?)very successful?

Appx what percentage develop a stricture after surgery 4 colon/bladder fistula & diverticulitis? Is the balloon treatment (dillation?)very successful?

Not frequent: If stricture develops may be due to recurrences of disease, balloon dilation may help, will require resection for better out come. ...Read more

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I'm still in a lot of pain after having laproscopic sigmoid colon surgery, then a hematoma. Why, and how long could this go on? I had the surgery for diverticulitis, it's been 2 weeks after surgery and 4 days ago he drained the hematoma, I am in a lot of

Standard : Standard recommendations for the performance of laparoscopic sigmoidectomy in patients with diverticulitis include patients who have complications of the disease or have had numerous, severe disease episodes. Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy for diverticulitis has demonstrated benefits with regard to operative blood loss, postoperative pain, length of hospital stay, morbidity and mortality compared with open surgical techniques. In either open or laparoscopic sigmoidectomy, the major complications include: leakage and/or stricture at the anastomosis (connecting the two ends of the colon), abscess, and bleeding (hematoma). The symptoms associated with the hematoma depend on its size and location. It is possible that the hematoma is compressing surrounding tissues or organs causing pressure symptoms, or if pressing on a nerve, can also cause neuralgias or pain. If you are still having symptoms after drainage of the hematoma, you may want to see your surgeon again to have a ct scan done to make sure that the hematoma has been drained and that there are not other reasons (such as infection) for presistent pain or gastrointestinal symptoms. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed diverticulitis with abscess, the pus drained out by needle, after 2 months had surgery. It turned out cancer t3nomo.If it leaks does it ?

Ct scan showed diverticulitis with abscess, the pus drained out by needle, after 2 months had surgery. It turned out cancer t3nomo.If it leaks does it ?

What leaks?: Sorry to hear that, hope your are ok. If tumor resected and you are put back together and everything is ok then you should not have any leaks on the future ...Read more

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