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What Is Diverticulitis?

Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute helps patients struggling with diverticulitis in Berwyn, La Grange, and Elmhurst, IL. Diverticulitis can be extremely painful but we specialize in treatment to help you feel your best and return to your normal activities.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticula are small pouches that form in the lining of your digestive tract and bulge outward. They are common especially as you age over 40, but many are asymptomatic. Some people have diverticula but never develop symptoms of diverticulitis, so you may never even know you have them unless you have an attack.

When the pouches tear and become inflamed or infected, this is called diverticulitis. An attack of diverticulitis causes severe pain in the abdomen, which will unfortunately but probably be your first sign of trouble. The pain can be worst in the lower left side of the abdomen but also affects the other side. Other symptoms can include fever, nausea, and changes in your bowel habits, either constipation or diarrhea. Pain can last for several days, so don't hesitate to contact us and come see a doctor. Your doctor may perform other tests to rule out other causes of pain.

How is diverticulitis treated?

If you have diverticulitis in Berwyn, La Grange, or Elmhurst, IL, our dedicated physicians will determine the best method of treatment for you. Mild cases of diverticulitis can be effectively treated by diet changes and antibiotics. The most important thing will be adjusting your diet to your doctor's recommendations with plenty of liquids to prevent further symptoms or another attack while antibiotics work to kill the infection.

Surgery for diverticulitis is typically only recommended in severe or recurring cases, so if you don't respond to other treatments there is still a more aggressive approach that can help. If you are suffering from diverticulitis in Berwyn, La Grange, or Elmhurst, IL, Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute is here to help you with the best treatment. To make an appointment contact us at (708) 484-0621.

Please call our office number (708)484-0621 for all questions and appointment requests.