Diverticulitis in Utah

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Diverticulitis is the label for an illness that may develop as a consequence of diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is a condition in which tiny pouches or pockets referred to as diverticula protrude through the outer lining of the intestine. Once these pockets have formed, they can become infected and start to swell. Diverticulitis arises when this infection or inflammation occurs. If you have diverticulosis, it is crucial to be under the care of a GI provider. At Utah Gastroenterology, our providers offer personalized care for this gastrointestinal condition. To find help for diverticulitis in Utah, please request an appointment with our staff today.

Diverticulitis can be caused by damage to the diverticulae, which leaves them more susceptible to swelling, infection, or both. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis have many risk factors in common, including:

  • Being a smoker
  • Being overweight
  • Some medications — such as NSAIDs like ibuprofen/Advil®
  • Lack of physical activity
  • High-fat, low-fiber diets
  • Age

Ways to avoid diverticulitis include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Drinking enough water
  • High-fiber, low-fat diet

You can develop a relationship with a gastroenterology specialist through Utah Gastroenterology to help you determine the cause of your illness and methods to avoid it.

The main signs of diverticulitis are:

  • Pain in the abdomen (usually unceasing and persistent for a number of days)
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdomen being tender to the touch
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • Diarrhea

Should you notice constant, unexplained abdominal pain or any combination of the above symptoms, please request a consultation with your GI doctor in Utah as soon as possible.

If you are suffering from diverticulitis, your GI health provider will recommend a treatment based on the seriousness of your condition. Post-diagnosis, your doctor will be equipped to pinpoint which treatments will be optimal. A sample of these treatments includes:

  • Antibiotics
  • Liquid diet
  • Abdominal abscess draining
  • Surgical intervention

For more information regarding which treatments might be ideal for your individual concerns, please request a visit at Utah Gastroenterology to work with an experienced gastroenterologist.

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Having diverticulosis puts you at risk of developing diverticulitis, but the expert GI specialists at Utah Gastroenterology will partner with you to help restore your well-being. Our caring providers aim to create a high-quality, patient-centered experience that can help you live in optimal health. If you or a loved one suspect, or have been diagnosed with, diverticulitis, call Utah Gastroenterology right away.

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