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Inflammation of the
Diverticula in the Colon

Diverticulitis is a condition characterized by inflammation or infection of small pouches, called diverticula, in the colon. These pouches form when weak spots in the colon’s muscular wall bulge outward. When they become inflamed or infected, it can lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain (usually on the left side), bloating, fever, nausea, changes in bowel habits, and even rectal bleeding. Prompt medical attention is crucial to manage diverticulitis effectively and prevent complications.

Common Symptoms of Diverticulitis:

  • Abdominal pain (often on the left side)
  • Bloating
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Tenderness in the lower abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive gas
  • Urgency to urinate

Potential Causes of Diverticulitis:

  • Diverticula formation: Formation of small pouches in the colon due to weak spots in the muscular wall.
  • Lack of dietary fiber: Insufficient fiber intake can lead to constipation, increasing pressure on the colon and promoting diverticula formation.
  • Age: Diverticulitis becomes more common with age as the colon wall weakens over time.
  • Obesity: Increased body weight may contribute to higher pressure within the colon.
  • Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition for developing diverticulitis.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of physical activity can affect bowel movements and contribute to the development of diverticula.
  • Smoking: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of diverticulitis.
  • Certain medications: Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may be associated with a higher risk of diverticulitis.

Treatment Options for Diverticulitis

Treatment options for diverticulitis vary depending on the severity and individual circumstances. They may include medication, dietary modifications, and in some cases, surgery. Surgical options, such as robotic or laparoscopic procedures, can be explored for certain cases. It is crucial to consult with a specialist like Dr. Moore at Comprehensive Surgery Specialists to determine the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and condition.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Moore, offers expert care for diverticulitis and other surgical needs. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore brings extensive experience and skill to patient care. If you’re experiencing symptoms or seeking a consultation, schedule an appointment at our Stone Ridge location. Our team will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan for your optimal health.

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