In some cases of diverticulitis, an abscess forms in the affected pocket. An abscess can cause a host of painful symptoms such as fever, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. Our New York offices can drain an abscess without surgery by accessing the area with a needle or placing a temporary plastic drain into the abdomen.
Mild cases of diverticulitis can be treated at home. We may recommend a liquid diet to help soothe your intestines, and antibiotics to fight the infection. A liquid diet consisting of water, broth, juice, or ice pops can be beneficial in improving symptoms. A high-fiber diet is also helpful in improving bowel movements.