How Do You Treat ‘Smoldering Diverticulitis?’

The short answer from a colorectal surgeon

How Do You Treat ‘Smoldering Diverticulitis?’

Q: What is “smoldering diverticulitis” and how is it treated?

A: If you’ve had repeated bouts of diverticulitis, you have chronic diverticulitis. Another name for it? Smoldering diverticulitis. That’s where the disease doesn’t resolve — just like the embers of a fire.

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This type of diverticulitis often requires surgery. But thankfully, these procedures are often now done minimally invasively, meaning that an open incision from the xiphoid to the pubis isn’t required. Instead, the procedure is done via small holes in the abdominal wall.

Through these incisions, surgeons take out the part of the bowel that’s diseased, which is in the sigmoid colon (that’s the last third of your large intestine). Then, they reconnect the remaining colon to the to the rectum — and there’s no need for a bag (stoma).

Patients can typically walk and drink liquids the same day of after surgery and return home after a two- to five-day hospital stay.

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— Colorectal surgeon Sherief Shawki, MD

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