Can You Show Me Treatment Guidelines for Diverticulitis?

Q:
Can you show me treatment guidelines for diverticulitis?

A:
Initial treatment

If the pain is mild, you are able to drink liquids, and you have no signs of complications, treatment may include:
Changes in diet, starting with a clear-liquid or bland diet that is low in fiber until the pain goes away, then increasing the amount of fiber.
Medicines such as antibiotics and pain relievers.

If the pain is severe, you are not able to drink liquids, or you have complications of diverticulitis, a hospital stay is needed. Treatment will include:

  • Antibiotics given in a vein (intravenous, or IV).
  • Intravenous fluids and nutrition only (no food or drink by mouth) for up to a week to allow the bowel to rest.

Ongoing treatment

Treatment after recovery from an attack of diverticulitis is aimed at preventing another attack. Treatment may include:
Getting plenty of fluids daily.
Gradually increasing the amount of fiber in the diet through fruits, vegetables, wheat bran, and possibly the regular use of a fiber supplement.
Having regular doctor visits to monitor your condition.

Treatment if the condition gets worse

In some cases, complications of diverticulitis, such as an abscess, perforation, or bowel obstruction, can occur. Surgery to remove the affected part of the intestine usually is needed to treat these conditions.

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