Diverticular Disease in Dallas, TX

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Diverticulitis is a condition that could follow in a person who has diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches or pockets called diverticula bulge through the outer lining of the intestine. Once these pockets have formed, they can become infected and start to swell. Diverticulitis occurs when this infection or inflammation takes place. This can lead to awful abdominal pain, fever, a change in bowel habits, and nausea. Mild cases of diverticulitis can often be treated with antibiotics, by getting plenty of rest, and changing your dietary habits. More severe cases of diverticulitis could require surgery. If you or a loved one notices signs of diverticulitis, we suggest getting in contact with Digestive Health Associates of Texas. Our physician-led network of GI specialists can help diagnose and treat diverticulitis and other GI conditions. For more information or to find an office near you, contact our Dallas, TX office.

Diverticulitis is typically caused when diverticula tear and become susceptible to inflammation, infection, or both.

Some of the risk factors associated with diverticulitis are very similar to those risk factors associated with diverticulosis and include:

  • Aging
  • Being overweight
  • Some medications – such as anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen and Advil
  • Smoking
  • Low fiber, high-fat diets
  • Lack of exercise

Prevention of diverticulitis can include:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Regular exercise
  • High-fiber, low-fat diet

The main symptoms of diverticulitis can include:

  • Constant or persistent abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdomen is tender to the touch
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

If you have constant, unexplained abdominal pain, or any other combination of the above symptoms, you should contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX to find a location near you.

Treatment for diverticulitis depend on the severity of your condition.

Following diagnosis, your physician will be able to determine which treatments will be necessary.

If you have mild symptoms, your GI specialist may suggest antibiotics and a liquid diet for a few days to help heal your bowel. If you have a more complicated case of diverticulitis, you may require hospitalization and IV antibiotics or a tube to drain abdominal abscesses if formed. In some cases, diverticulitis could result in surgery. This may be the case if you have a bowel abscess, fistula, or a puncture in your bowel wall; it may also be necessary if you've had several episodes of diverticulitis or if you have a weakened immune system.

After you heal from diverticulitis, we may ask you to come back to our office for a colonoscopy so we can check and see how you are healing. Colonoscopies should not be performed during a diverticulitis attack and only after you've recovered.

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If you are experiencing constant pain in the lower left side of your abdomen, nausea and vomiting, abdominal tenderness, or constipation, it may be a good sign to find a Digestive Health Associates of Texas office near you. At our Dallas, TX network of GI specialists, we treat symptoms like this with frequency. These particular symptoms could be a sign of a condition called diverticulitis, which if left untreated serious complications that may result in surgery. When you visit one of our offices, you can rest assured that your gastrointestinal and overall health are our top priority. For more information or to find a specialist near you, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX today.

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