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How can bowel resection with colostomy help treat diverticulitis?

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This needs to be done if there’s so much swelling that the surgeon can’t reconnect your colon to your rectum right away. Your doctor will create an opening in your abdominal wall so waste can flow into a bag. Surgeons can often reconnect the bowel after the inflammation has passed.

From: What Is Diverticulitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Diverticulosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diverticulitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diverticular Disease of the Colon.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Diverticulitis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: “Understanding Diverticulosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diverticulitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.”

Harvard Medical School: “Diverticular Disease of the Colon.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Diverticulitis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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