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Diverticulitis

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Dr. Raj Kotak at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute is a leading general surgeon to whom patients suffering from severe and recurring diverticulitis often turn for surgical resolution of this extremely uncomfortable condition. Complicated diverticulitis may be surgically addressed via primary bowel resection, in which the diseased portion of the intestine is removed via an open or laparascopic operation. Sometimes, severe inflammation may require the patient to also undergo a colostomy that can be reversed once the inflammation has subsided enough to allow the remaining parts of the bowel to be reconnected. If you suffer from recurring and/or severe attacks of diverticulitis, you may want to consult with Dr. Kotak about your condition and treatment options. We welcome your inquiry at 727.270.9927. Alternatively, you can fill out our convenient online appointment request form and a member of our institute’s staff will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Diverticulitis Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain (severe)
  • Changing bowel habits
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Causes and Risk Factors

  • Inflammation and or infection due to ruptured diverticula in the colon
  • Low-fiber, high-fat diet
  • Old age
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Steroids, NSAIDs and other medications

Diagnostic Methods

  • Physical exam
  • Blood and urine testing
  • CT scan
  • Tests to rule out other possible causes (liver function test, pregnancy test, stool test)

Treatments

  • Lifestyle modifications (dietary changes, rest)
  • Antibiotic medications
  • Surgery (primary bowel resection or resection with colostomy)