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When should I consider surgery for diverticulitis?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Sawyer
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In brief: Complication

Severe pain repeated obstruction of the bowel bleeding perforation and abscess otherwise follow your diet and any meds your doctor recommends.

In brief: Complication

Severe pain repeated obstruction of the bowel bleeding perforation and abscess otherwise follow your diet and any meds your doctor recommends.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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