Diverticulitis Surgery and Treatment in Houston, TX
Diverticulosis is a very common disease, affecting nearly half of the population in the U.S. over the age of 60 and almost everyone over the age of 80. At Dr. Eric Haas MD in Houston, TX, we offer innovative laparoscopic and robotic surgery to treat patients suffering from diverticulitis and other colon and rectal diseases. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
As people get older, the inner walls of the intestine are prone to develop pouches, known as diverticula. These pouches can form anywhere within the intestines, and having them is a condition known as diverticulosis. When these pockets become infected or inflamed, it is called diverticulitis. Chances of getting diverticulitis rise with age, and it’s most common for people over 40 years old to suffer the effects. Risk factors include obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, eating a diet consisting of lots of fat and red meat with little fiber, and consuming certain drugs, such as steroids, opioids, and anti-inflammatories.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis
Having diverticula that don’t become infected or inflamed is common, so many individuals may not even be aware of their existence. People who have them may notice cramping on the left side of the abdomen that subsides after passing gas or a bowel movement. Bright red blood in stool is another common symptom. Diverticulitis symptoms are much more noticeable and are accompanied by severe pain, fever, and chills.
Diverticulitis Treatment at Houston Colon
Some patients may be able to overcome flare-ups of diverticulitis with rest, a liquid diet, and antibiotics while giving the intestines a chance to heal. For more severe cases, we offer minimally invasive surgery options using laparoscopic and robotic surgery methods. Both options allow for precise surgery in small areas for little disruption to the human bowels. Our team can drain an abscess of puss or remove affected areas of the colon to provide relief from this painful disease. Contact Houston Colon to learn more about diverticulitis surgery in Houston, TX today.