In this video, Dr. Sarah Bibi Soleh explains how some patients develop diverticulitis. Fortunately, a vast majority of patients with diverticulitis do not need surgery. If surgery is the right choice for your case, you should trust your care to the experts at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York.View transcript
Diverticulitis is a disease in which a diverticulum in the wall of colon which has diverticulosis perforates and leads to infection and inflammation around the colon and inside the abdomen. It's a very common condition. About 50% of the population above age 50 has diverticulosis. Fortunately, majority of the patients are asymptomatic. They don't have any issues with that. The reason we have diverticulosis is because of persistent increase in the pressure inside the colon lumen and it is attributed to the lack of fiber in our diet. Diverticulosis is a lifelong disease, but diverticulitis can happen and can resolve also. So it can happen, it can resolve, but it's not persistent. There's a widespread misconception about diverticulitis that it's caused by seeds and nuts. However, studies over many years have not proven this. So nuts and seeds have nothing to do with diverticulitis. Fortunately, a vast majority of patients with diverticulitis do not need surgery. They are treated with antibiotics or bowel rest. If it's a mild case, you could be treated at home. However, there is a certain percentage of patients who would require surgical treatment either through robot or through laparoscope. And the patients have the advantage of having less scarring, less post-operative pain, early return to their function, and less complications. And colorectal surgeons are the one who are very well versed with this modality of treatment. So that's the most important thing, that for a surgical management of this disease, you must see a colorectal surgeon.