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What are the treatments for diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

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If you form diverticulitis, you need to see a doctor to make sure you recover completely and to avoid possible life-threatening complications. Diverticulitis is treated using diet modifications, antibiotics, and possibly surgery.

Mild diverticulitis infection may be treated with bed rest, stool softeners, a liquid diet, antibiotics to fight the inflammation, and possibly antispasmodic drugs.

If you've had a tear or form a more severe infection, you'll probably be hospitalized so you can get intravenous (through a vein) antibiotics. You may also be fed intravenously to give your colon time to recuperate. In addition, your doctor may want to drain infected abscesses and give the intestinal tract a rest by performing a temporary colostomy. A colostomy creates an opening (called a stoma) so your intestine empties into a bag attached to your belly. Depending on the success of recovery, this procedure may be reversed during a second operation.

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National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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