Diverticular Disease | Treatment

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How is diverticular disease treated?

For diverticulosis, your doctor may suggest that you eat more fiber, drink plenty of fluids and exercise regularly to help prevent the pouches from becoming infected or inflamed.

For mild cases of diverticulitis, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. He or she may also suggest that you eat more fiber, drink plenty of fluids and exercise regularly to help prevent future problems.

For severe cases of diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding, your may need surgery to remove the pouches and the diseased parts of your colon.

Source

Diverticular Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment by H Salzman, M.D., and D Lillie, M.D. (American Family Physician October 01, 2005, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20051001/1229.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/06

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