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 refers to two conditions: diverticulitis and diverticulosis.
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.
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.
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.
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.