Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Should I Treat My Digestive Problems?

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 09:48 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: What is the best way to treat diverticulitis?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Diverticulosis is a genetic tendency to form small balloon-like pouches in the bowel. Sometimes these pouched areas become obstructed and create appendicitis-like infections.

But unlike appendicitis, these infections are usually managed with oral medications.
 
But when fever, or other immune-system problems exist, IV antibiotics are used along with pain relievers to reduce the risk of perforation or abscess formation outside of bowel. Once perforated, surgery is needed to resect and correct the perforation as a lifesaving measure, and sometimes a colostomy may be needed.
 
So you should never wait to see what happens, treat infections early, and follow a high-fiber diet that has been shown to reduce pressures in the bowel and stay healthy.

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