Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Symptoms can range in severity, but the most common signs of diverticulitis include:
- Tenderness or pain in the lower abdomen
- Frequent urination
Common Risk Factors
If you identify with any of the following factors, you may have a greater likelihood of developing diverticulitis.
- Age: By age 80, roughly 65% of people have diverticulosis; an estimated 10-25% of people with diverticulosis end up with diverticulitis
- Obesity: A study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that the incidence of diverticulitis in young obese adults is increasing
- Smoking: Tobacco-smokers are more prone to developing the condition than those who do not smoke
- Diet: A diet high in fat and low in fiber can increase your risk of diverticulitis
- Medications: Some drugs have been associated with a higher risk of diverticulitis, including steroids, opioids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Effective and Safe Diverticulitis Surgery Mount Sinai, NY Residents Trust
In some cases, diverticulitis does not require surgery. The condition may sometimes be treated with antibiotics, probiotics, or a shift to a low-fat, high-fiber diet. When these non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, however, we recommend removing the infected part of the colon. That’s where diverticulitis surgery comes in.
We may also recommend surgery if you’ve experienced the following:
- A rupture in the colon
- A weakened immune system
- Multiple diverticulitis attacks
If you need diverticulitis surgery in Mount Sinai, NY, turn to Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors. Surgical options include a colectomy or a laparoscopic colon resection. To learn more about these surgeries and to find out if you qualify, call us today.