Diverticulosis Surgery in New Lenox, IL
Gastroenterologist Dr Zahid Afzal MD and staff at SouthWest Gastroenterology are dedicated to helping your digestive health. We are located at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451 & are open 5 days a week. Schedule your appointment today and get the digestive health you need.
Diverticulitis is a common concern that affects over 200,000 people per year. It is a condition in which small, bulging pouches develop in the digestive tract. These small, bulging pouches can create a significant number of symptoms that can be difficult to treat. Our facility in New Lenox, IL has the knowledge to treat diverticulitis. Here as SouthWest Gastroenterology, we specialize in all of your gastrointestinal needs. It is our specialty. And with our knowledgeable and caring staff, and our gastroenterologist, Dr. Zahid Afzal, MD, you can feel at ease in knowing you are receiving the best medical attention for your symptoms.
How do I know I need to see a gastroenterologist? Here are some symptoms that surface when an individual is suffering from diverticulitis: stomach pain, painful infections, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach cramps. Usually these symptoms and diagnosis of diverticulitis can be treated easily with antibiotics. However, if this treatment options fails, and the patient does not recover from their symptoms, a doctor may suggest surgery to remove the infected area in your colon.
Because diverticulitis can be a risky surgery, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) recommends receiving the surgery in these significant circumstances: If an abbess is discovered inside your colon and it is not possible to drain, or it has become infected. When antibiotics and intravenous antibiotics did not work, when there has been a rupture in the colon which would cause peritonitis which is the inflammation of the peritoneum — a silk-like membrane that lines your inner abdominal wall and covers the organs within your abdomen. In this instance, surgery is required, and it is considered an emergency. Other circumstances include; when an individual has a weak immune system possibly due to treatment for cancer with chemotherapy, have pneumonia, or a recent organ transplant.
There are several types of surgery to treat diverticulitis. Surgery requires anesthesia and a longer recovery time. The surgery that is chosen to treat an individual’s diverticulitis will be dependent on the location of the diverticulitis, the patient’s level of health concerns, and the surgeons’ preference and experience. Common surgical procedures to treat diverticulitis include:
This is a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon will create several (3 to 5) one inch cuts in the abdomen to use tools inserted into these cuts to do the surgery. This is the alternative to surgery that uses one large incision down your belly.
A colon resection is the most common surgery in treating diverticulitis. This surgery involves cuts into the colon, removing the pockets or pouches from the colon that have been damaged, and then reattaching the remaining segments of the colon together. The surgeon may also reattach the colon to the rectum. This is called a colostomy. A patient would then use a colostomy bag as the colostomy creates a small hole for stool to exit through the stomach.
This surgery also includes the removal of the infected part of the colon. To do this, the surgeon will create a temporary hole in the abdomen for your stool/waste to pass through using a piece of the small intestine. This creates a passageway which is called a stoma. This surgery is done in two parts. Following the first part in creating the stoma, a few months later, the stoma will then be removed and reconnected to the intestine, and the stool/waste will then pass through as normal. This is a good alternative to the colostomy pouch.
Like the previously mentioned laparoscopic procedure, through small incisions the surgeon will use instruments to wash your abdomen. This is helpful as it can help kill the infection and prevent other side effects more invasive surgeries can produce such as swelling.
Preparation for surgery is important and will be discussed with your doctor. Prior to surgery it is important to follow the following steps: Up to date blood work, begin antibiotics to reduce any risks of infections, possible scans and images of the colon, colon preparation for surgery which will require the use of laxatives and enemas to empty the colon, and fasting.
Following diverticulitis surgery, it is important to follow up with your doctor and surgeon. People who experience diverticulitis are at risk of having another attack, sometimes even after having surgery. A new diet may be required to keep you healthy, one that is high in fiber. Always follow the post-op instructions from your surgeon and reach out if symptoms continue to occur or become worse.
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