Diverticulitis is a common condition that typically affects the sigmoid colon but sometimes can affect all parts of your colon. Approximately 50% of Americans at age 50 will have diverticulosis, meaning out-pouching of the colon. These can get infected or inflamed. This can cause pain, abdominal bloating, nausea, constipation, and is commonly called diverticulitis. This condition ranges from mild to severe and sometimes surgery is the best cure. Our surgeons can help you decide if surgery is right for you.
Surgery types can vary and often can be performed using small incisions in the abdomen (this is known as laparoscopic, robotic, or minimally invasive surgery). Sometimes after the colon is removed, a temporary ostomy is needed.
Our surgeons participate in multiple ongoing local and national quality initiatives. We constantly track ease of recovery following surgery, infection rates, and cancer survival. In fact, we have been nationally recognized for high quality care and outcomes. For example, Dr. David DeHaas was nationally published for work in decreasing rates of infection.
Through this quality tracking as well as constant review of medical literature, we have developed a program of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) for all patients undergoing colon and rectal surgery. This program includes the most up to date strategies for best outcomes. Prior to your surgery, you will be asked to watch a video detailing this program. Watch Colorectal Pathway Part 1, Colorectal Pathway Part 2 and FAQ for Colorectal Pathway.