Diverticulitis is a painful condition that often occurs after the age of 40. The small pouches, known as diverticula, which line your intestinal tract, become inflamed and infected. If you suffer from diverticulitis, you may experience persistent abdominal pain that can become extreme, changes in bowel habits, fever, or nausea. Mild diverticulitis is treatable with dietary changes, antibiotics, and rest. However, recurring or severe diverticulitis may require surgery.
Our surgeons at Sierra Pacific Surgical serve patients near Sacramento, CA. They are skilled in the aspects of colon surgery needed to treat diverticulitis and other diverticular diseases. Our team is here to evaluate your colon health and discuss your treatment options.
All patients are unique, and our surgeons will evaluate the severity of your diverticulosis to determine an effective treatment plan that may or may not include colon surgery. At Sierra Pacific Surgical, our team offers state-of-the-art robotic colon surgery, which is minimally invasive. Patients experience less pain and a faster recovery time. Robotic colon surgery involves making several small incisions into the wall of the abdomen instead of opening up the entire abdomen.
Our team will then insert a laparoscope (a tube with a video camera attached) into the area to view a video feed of your colon on a computer screen. They will administer carbon dioxide, which will inflate the abdomen so they can more easily reach the treatment area without any crowding by nearby tissue or organs.
Using specialized instruments, our surgeons can then effectively complete whatever degree of colon surgery you require to treat diverticulitis. The entire process is minimally invasive with limited downtime and is an ideal option compared to more invasive and extensive open colon surgery.
Recovery time following colon surgery usually takes about a month, depending on the degree of surgery, age of the patient, and other factors. However, most patients report feeling better about a week or two after surgery. However, it can take time for your bowel to recover and to start experiencing regular bowel movements.
Our team at Sierra Pacific Surgical will place you on a diet following colon surgery that often includes avoiding high-fiber foods, such as certain vegetables and fruits. You’ll be given aftercare instructions so you know what to expect, what to eat, and other aspects of your daily regimen that can help the healing process.
Following colon surgery for diverticulitis, you’ll need follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly. Our team will continue to evaluate your progress following surgery to ensure everything is going smoothly. We always strive to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.
Our surgeons at Sierra Pacifica Surgical serve patients near Folsom or Roseville, CA. If you suffer from diverticulitis and would like to learn more about colon surgery, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your healthcare needs. Our surgeons provide pre-operative visits and post-treatment recovery from colon surgery. We are with you every step of the way to answer questions and address concerns. Our team knows that colon surgery is a big decision, and we are here to help you determine if it is the right choice for your particular health needs.