• Joel Bauer MD
  • Stephen Gorfine MD
  • David Chessin MD
  • Daniel Popowich MD

Diverticulitis

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.

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