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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

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Diverticulosis is when you have tiny bulging pouches in the lining of your digestive system (diverticula), usually in your colon. Diverticulitis occurs when these tiny pouches become inflamed and infected.

Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are very common diseases among people over the age of 60 years old living in the United States and other developed countries.

You may not have any symptoms if you have diverticulosis, although sometimes it can cause mild cramps, bloating, or constipation. If the pouches become inflamed or infected (diverticulitis), however, you will likely experience one or more of the following symptoms of diverticulitis:

  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain on your left side
  • Vomiting

In severe cases, diverticulitis can lead to intestinal bleeding, tears, or blockages.

Why Choose UHealth?

A motility lab for accurate diagnosis of GI conditions. The only facility of its kind in South Florida, our motility lab enables our GI specialists to provide accurate diagnoses of GI conditions more quickly and efficiently. We offer a variety of leading-edge services, such as hydrogen breath testing, anal-rectal manometry, and bio-feedback.

A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.

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Treatments

  • Diet Modification

    You may need to make changes to your diet, including eating a higher fiber diet with more fruits and vegetables, or switching to a liquid diet for a few days to let your colon rest.

  • Antibiotic Medication

    Your GI doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic medication to treat an infection caused by diverticulosis or diverticulitis.

  • Primary Bowel Resection

    In this surgical procedure, your GI doctor removes diseased segments of your intestine and then reconnects the healthy segments (anastomosis).

  • Bowel Resection with Colostomy

    In this surgical procedure, your surgeon creates an opening (stoma) in your abdominal wall that connects to the healthy part of your colon. Waste passes through the opening into a bag.

Tests

  • Physical Exam

    We can accurately diagnose your diverticulosis or diverticulitis through a medical examination and review of your past health history.

  • Digital Rectal Exam

    This exam checks if you have problems in your anus or rectal area.

  • Stool Sample

    Your doctor may order your stool sample to be analyzed in our laboratory for any abnormal bacteria or parasites in your digestive tract.

  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

    A CT scan can check for complications of a diverticular disease like diverticulosis or diverticulitis.

  • Barium Enema orLower GI Series

    This X-ray exam of your rectum, large intestine, and lower part of your small intestine checks for problems.

  • Virtual Colonoscopy

    Your GI doctor may perform this test to check your colon using air and contrast.

  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    This test checks in the inside of part of your large intestine. It helps to tell what is causing diverticulosis or diverticulitis.

  • Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy checks for any abnormal growths, tissue that is red or swollen, sores (ulcers), or bleeding.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.