GENERAL SURGERY-ABDOMINAL SURGERY
Diverticulitis Surgery is a procedure designed to remove a diseased part of the colon, needed for repeated or severe attacks of Diverticulitis.
What is it?
Diverticulitis surgery is a surgery that removes a diseased part of the large intestine if a patient has repeated attacks of diverticulitis, a high risk of repeated attacks, or an abnormal opening between the colon and an adjacent organ. Surgery may also be necessary due to complications such as an infected diverticulum that has ruptured in the abdomen, infection in the abdomen, blocked colon, infection in blood, or bleeding.
How to prepare?
Before the procedure, the patient may need to have certain tests including a blood test, chest x-ray, and an electrocardiogram. Additionally, the patient should tell their surgeon the medications they are taking and any preexisting medical conditions they have. The surgeon and his medical team will give specific instructions to the patient and explain the procedure in detail. The patient should have a clear liquid diet the day before surgery and should have nothing the night before surgery. Smoking should also be stopped before surgery occurs.
What happens during the process?
The day of surgery the patient will arrive, have the incision site shaved, and have an IV administered. The patient will be given anesthesia before the procedure to relax and fall asleep before the procedure. The surgeon will use either open surgery with a large incision to access the colon or laparoscopic surgery to access the colon through small incisions. The surgeon removes the diseased part of the intestine and reconnects the healthy part to allow normal bowel movement.
Risks and Complications
Possible risks and complications for this procedure include:
* Coughing and shortness of breath
* Drainage from incision
* Increasing, chronic pain
* Jaundice or skin color changes
* Nausea and vomiting
* Swelling and calf pain
* Change in mental status
* Severe bleeding
* Chest pain
* Persistent vomiting
All GlobeHealer Site content, including graphics, images, logos, and text, among other materials on the site are for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and you should always contact your physician or qualified health provider for information regarding your health. Information on this site regarding the overview, diagnosis, and treatment of any kind should be looked at, in addition to the advice and information of your health care professional. Do not disregard medical advice or delay seeking treatment or medical advice due to information found on the GlobeHealer site.
If there is even the possibility that you may have a medical emergency, seek treatment, call your doctor, or call your local emergency telephone number immediately. GlobeHealer does not endorse being the first line of communication in case of emergency and does not endorse any specific test, physician, facility, product, procedure, opinion, or other information that is or may be mentioned on this site or affiliated entities. Reliance of any and all information provided by GlobeHealer, its employees, affiliations, others appearing on the Site under the invitation of GlobeHealer, or visitors of the site is solely at your own risk and is not the responsibility of GlobeHealer.