Expert Treatment and Diagnosis of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis at Advanced Gastro Center
Overview of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches called diverticula form in your colon. Diverticulosis is really just a part of aging and is common in older individuals. Most of the time diverticulosis causes no real problems. However, if the diverticula in your colon become infected and inflamed, then diverticulitis is the result.
Symptoms of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
The symptoms of diverticulitis are mainly persistent abdominal pain, constipation, nausea and vomiting, and fever. These symptoms may be aggravated by the consumption of hard foods, like nuts and seeds.
Risk Factors of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
There are several risk factors for diverticulitis, both controllable and uncontrollable. The main risk factor that you have no control over is age. People over 40 are the most prone to diverticulitis. Examples of controllable risk factors for diverticulitis include obesity, smoking, a high fat and/or low fiber diet, the use of certain drugs, and lack of physical activity.
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis Diagnosis
A complete review of your symptoms and a physical examination can go a long way towards an accurate diverticulitis diagnosis. The expert gastroenterologists at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center also use other methods, like blood tests and CT scans, to determine if you have diverticulitis. Another diagnostic technique they use is a colonoscopy to directly check your colon for diverticular disease.
Treatment of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
At New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center, our experienced gastroenterologists are very familiar with diverticulitis treatment. Our treatment approaches include antibiotics and other drugs for infection and to reduce diverticular inflammation, guided diet plans to help with symptoms, and, in severe cases, colorectal surgery.
However advanced your diverticulitis, we will approach your case with knowledge, experience, and compassion. Put our training and expertise to work for you. Choose Advanced Gastro Center for all your diverticulitis issues.