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Medicines to stop infection and to control symptoms often are used to treat attacks of diverticulitis.
What to Think About
Medicines are not used to prevent future attacks of diverticulitis. Prevention depends on increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and practicing healthy bowel habits. For more information, see the Prevention and Home Treatment sections of this topic.
Surgery for diverticulitis involves removing the diseased part of the colon. You may decide to have surgery for diverticulitis if you have:
Surgery for diverticulitis, in which the infected part of the colon is removed, may be required if you have complications, including:
Overall, fewer than 6 out of 100 people with diverticulitis need surgery.3
Surgical treatment involves removing the diseased part of the large intestine (partial colectomy) and reconnecting the remaining parts. Depending on the severity and nature of the symptoms, more than one surgery may be needed to correct the problem. When multiple surgeries are needed, the person usually has a colostomy during the time between surgeries. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which the upper part of the intestine is sewn to an opening made in the skin of the abdomen. Stool passes out of the body at this opening and into a disposable bag. The colostomy is usually removed and the intestine reconnected at a later time.
Surgical treatment of diverticulitis, called partial colectomy, involves the removal of the diseased part of the large intestine.
What to Think About
People who have mild, brief attacks and who are willing to try long-term dietary changes may be able to avoid surgery. See the Prevention section of this topic for more information on diet.
If you have multiple attacks of diverticulitis, surgery may be appropriate.
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