Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that develop in the wall of the colon. These small pouches usually develop in people over the age of 50, and for most individuals, they do not cause a problem. If the diverticula become infected or inflamed, it develops into diverticulitis, which causes symptoms ranging from pain, fever, and nausea to life-threatening infection.
Surgery for Diverticulitis
For severe cases of diverticulitis, your doctor may recommend surgery. The colon and rectal Surgeons at Mount Sinai may perform a primary bowel resection, in which the diseased segment of the bowel is removed and the healthy sections of the bowel are reconnected.
Sometimes the bowel may be too infected to rejoin the healthy tissue. In this case, your surgeon may recommend a bowel resection with a temporary colostomy procedure, which allows the infection in the bowel and rectum to heal. The colostomy is created when your surgeon makes an opening in the abdominal wall. The colon is brought through the opening and is connected to a bag. Waste passes through the colon and into the bag outside the body. A colostomy can usually be reversed after several weeks of healing and recovery.
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