Treatment for Diverticulitis in Brownsville, TX
Diverticulitis is the inflammation or infection of one or more diverticula in the digestive tract, which are small pouches that form commonly after the age of 40 and usually don’t cause problems. However, the inflammation or infection of one of these pouches can lead to many complications and symptoms.
Dr. Carlos A. Barba is a highly-trained general surgeon who has years of experience treating patients with diverticulitis in the Brownsville, TX area. As an expert in general surgery, he has mastered the latest surgical techniques like minimally invasive surgery, but traditional surgery is also second nature. He will take the time to diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. If you are experiencing any symptoms of diverticulitis, call our office at (956) 621-4981 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Barba today!
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis has to be diagnosed by a physician. Usually, it is diagnosed through a colonoscopy or barium enema X-ray. Of course, there are some common symptoms that may indicate Diverticulitis such as:
- Constant and persistent pain in the abdomen, usually on the lower left side
- Blood in stool
Risk Factors of Diverticulitis
Some of the risk factors that can lead to increased chances of diverticulitis include the following:
Smoking – Studies have shown that people who smoke cigarettes are more likely to develop diverticulitis than people who do not smoke.
Age – The chance of experiencing diverticulitis increases with age, usually over the age of 40
Lack of Exercise – Frequent exercise can lower the risk of developing diverticulitis
Obesity – Not only can being overweight dramatically increase the chances of developing diverticulitis, but it also can add complications to the surgery
Diet – While not the biggest factor, a diet that’s high in animal fat and low in fiber can possibly increase chances of experiencing diverticulitis.
Treatment for Diverticulitis
Mild diverticulitis may be cured by changing diets and rest or minor medical treatment like draining the abscess in the colon/abdomen, but more severe cases may require surgery. Usually less than 10% of people with diverticulitis need surgery and can be cured through the help of Dr. Barba. However, severe cases that require surgery may involve:
- Repeated attacks of diverticulitis
- Fistula formation between the colon and adjacent organ
- An infected diverticula that spreads to other parts of the body
- Colon obstruction
- Severe bleeding
Multiple different surgeries can cure diverticulitis depending on each individual case. Usually, a partial colectomy is done to remove the diseased part of the colon and reconnecting the reaming parts. In rare cases, multiple surgeries are needed in sequence to cure diverticulitis.
Schedule an Appointment for Diverticulitis Treatment
Diverticulitis can cause serious medical complications if left untreated. If you suspect that you are suffering from diverticulitis it is important that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlos A. Barba. He will help diagnose your symptoms and determine the best treatment option for you. For more information, contact our office in Brownsville, TX at (956) 621-4981 and schedule an appointment today!