Your doctor, in addition to analyzing your symptoms and clinical history, will perform a physical examination and request various tests to determine if it is diverticulitis or some other disease, including:
- Blood and urine tests.
- Stool culture.
- Computed tomography.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment will depend on the degree of evolution of the disease. If diverticulitis is mild, it can be treated with antibiotics, nutritional changes, and rest. The goal is to relieve symptoms and prevent further complications. When diverticulitis is severe or recurrent, surgery may be required, which may be:
- Primary Bowel Resection:
Damaged parts of the intestine are cut out and then reconnected. Depending on the amount of tissue injured, it can be open or laparoscopic surgery.
- Bowel resection with colostomy:
If the inflammation is so severe that it makes it impossible to reconnect the colon to the rectum, a colostomy will be performed, that is, a hole is made in the abdomen to connect to the colon so that the stool goes directly into an external bag. When the inflammation subsides, intestine reconnection is possible.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.