Diverticulitis and diverticulosis - discharge

Diverticular disease - discharge

You were in the hospital to treat diverticulitis. This is an infection of an abnormal pouch (called a diverticulum) in your intestinal wall (most commonly in the sigmoid colon). This article tells you how to take care of yourself when you leave the hospital.


Diverticulosis occurs when small bulging sacs or pouches, called diverticula, form on the inner wall of the intestine. Most often, diverticula form in the large intestine (colon), but they may also occur in the in the jejunum in the small intestine. In most cases, diverticula cause no symptoms. In a small percentage of patients, diverticula can cause problems if they become inflamed or if they bleed.


In most patients with diverticulosis, the diverticula do not cause any problems or symptoms. In some cases, a small, hard piece of stool is trapped in the opening of the diverticula, which then become inflamed. When this occurs, the condition is called diverticulitis. A small tear may develop in the lining of the intestine inside the diverticula, which can lead to an infection at the site and sometimes death of the segment of colon containing the diverticula.

When You're in the Hospital

What to Expect at Home



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