Manhattan Diverticulitis Surgery
Providing Effective Colorectal Treatment Options
Colonic diverticuli are small outpouching of the colonic wall that most
commonly occur on the left side of the abdomen in the sigmoid colon. Diverticulitis
is the inflammation of the colon resulting from blockage of a colonic
diverticuli. Any conditions which affect the colon should be handled by
a professional Manhattan colorectal surgeon at Manhattan Surgical Associates.
Our doctors are extremely professional, friendly, and prepared to provide
you with answers to your questions. We can address any concerns that you
may have about the diagnosis or treatment of your condition.
Patients with diverticulitis may have symptoms of:
- Sudden or unusual changes in bowel habits
- Persistent and extreme fevers
- Left-sided abdominal pain
Careful Diagnosis & Treatment of Diverticulitis
The first step in diagnosing diverticulitis is to get a full medical history
and complete a physical examination. Other studies that may be done include
blood tests and plain abdominal X-rays. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
often is used to make the diagnosis, as well as identify complications
of diverticulitis, such as abscess, obstruction, or fistula. Following
recovery from an attack of diverticulitis, a colonoscopy is often performed
to evaluate the large intestine for other lesions, such as colon cancer.
Surgery in New York for Diverticulitis
The treatment of diverticulitis varies based upon the severity of the attack.
For mild attacks, oral antibiotics, consumption of a liquid diet, and
rest at home may be all that is required. For more severe attacks hospitalization
with intravenous antibiotics may be recommended. If there is an associated
abscess, drainage using CT scan guidance may be included in the treatment.
For severe cases, immediate surgery may be undertaken. In patients who
recover from an attack, surgery on an elective basis following recovery
may be recommended. The recommendation for elective surgery is based upon
the age and clinical appearance of the patient, as well as the severity
of the attack (or attacks) of diverticulitis.
To make an appointment with a Manhattan diverticulitis surgeon,
contact our office at 646.798.4606 or
send us an email today.