Diverticular Disease Specialists

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Diverticular disease can range from concerning to debilitating, but effective solutions are available at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois. The gastroenterologists have many decades of combined experience diagnosing and treating diverticular disease. Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers medications, lifestyle counseling, surgery, and many other innovative treatments. The main goal is always to protect and improve your digestive health. Click the online booking tool or call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.

Diverticular Disease Q & A

What is Diverticular Disease?

Diverticular disease refers to two conditions: diverticulitis and diverticulosis.

  • Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is the formation of tiny pockets — diverticula — in the lining of your bowel. Diverticula can vary from pea-size to much larger. Diverticula form as the result of increased pressure from gas, waste, and/or liquid on weakened spots of your intestinal walls. Diverticula can develop while you’re straining during a bowel movement.
  • Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is a complication of diverticular disease. Diverticulitis happens when inflammation and infection develop in one or more diverticula. This typically happens when these pouches become blocked with waste and allow bacteria to build up in them, resulting in infection.

What are the Symptoms of Diverticular Disease?

Diverticulosis and the development of diverticula don’t usually cause troublesome symptoms. You might experience tenderness over the affected area.

Diverticulitis can cause painful cramps and tenderness in the lower abdomen, chills, and a fever.

Inflammation of the diverticula can cause complications like a tear or perforation of the intestinal wall allowing intestinal waste to leak out of your intestines into your abdominal cavity. If this happens, it can lead to abscesses, intestinal blockages, and other problems.

How is Diverticular Disease Diagnosed?

Your provider usually diagnoses diverticular disease with a physical exam and tests like urine and blood analysis and a CT scan. In some cases, your provider might recommend a colonoscopy.

How is Diverticular Disease Treated?

To treat diverticular disease, your provider will usually suggest antibiotics, dietary changes, and over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers like acetaminophen. Surgery will be necessary in some cases.

In some cases of diverticulitis, your provider could recommend a procedure that involves inserting a tube to drain an abdominal abscess.

Different types of surgery are available when needed to treat diverticulitis, including bowel resection with a colostomy or primary bowel resection.

  • Primary Bowel Resection: A primary bowel resection involves removing the diseased segments of your intestine, so you can have normal bowel movements. Depending on how much inflammation is present, you could have a traditional open surgery or an advanced, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
  • Bowel Resection with Colostomy: Bowel resection with colostomy would be done if you have excess inflammation and it isn’t possible to rejoin your colon and rectum. Your provider connects an opening (stoma) in your abdominal wall to the healthy portion of your colon, so waste passes through the opening and into a bag. After the inflammation has eased, the colostomy might be able to be reversed and your bowel reconnected.

No matter the treatment you choose for your diverticular disease, rest assured that you’re in safe and experienced hands at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Call for an appointment or book online today.