With laparoscopic diverticulitis surgery, patients can have a safe, effective alternative to traditional open surgery for treating their diverticular disease and complications related to diverticulitis.
We're pleased to offer ground-breaking laparoscopic procedures such as robotic surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital through our Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Department.
Call us at (877) 469-4362 or click here to request a consultation with one of our laparoscopic surgery specialists.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis Disease
Small, bulging pouches called diverticula can form in the lining of your digestive track. This is a common condition, especially among adults aged 40 and older. Most people with diverticula are unaware of their condition, and they usually do not notice any changes in their overall health or wellness.
Within the colon (large intestine), sometimes these pouches do become infected or inflamed, resulting in a condition known as diverticulitis. Diverticulitis often causes acute attacks that are triggered by certain foods or beverages.
Diverticulitis symptoms include:
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Bloating and tenderness throughout the abdomen
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased blood pressure (hypertension)
- Urinary urgency
- Elevated white blood cell count
Left untreated, these problems can quickly escalate into serious infections, or even cause a life-threatening rupture of your colon. It's important to seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
Treatment Options for Diverticulitis
Mild diverticulitis can often be successfully treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and dietary changes. If you've been diagnosed with diverticulitis, your doctor may advise you to eat more high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
If you suffer from severe diverticulitis, you may need surgery to treat your condition and prevent further complications.
Diverticulitis surgery may be necessary if you:
- Have been unable to manage your symptoms through diet and medications
- Have developed a fistula, perforation, or abscess in your digestive tract that protrudes into your bladder or abdomen
- Have an antibiotic-resistant blood infection caused by your diverticulitis
- Have cancer, are HIV+, or live with any other condition that impacts your immune system
If your bowel is fully obstructed as a result of inflamed diverticula, emergency surgery may be required.
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Diverticulitis
Your colorectal surgeon performs the procedure with small surgical tools and camera attached to robotic instruments controlled by the surgeon. The sophisticated instrumentation combined with high definition video monitor gives your surgeon enhanced visibility and precision at the surgery site. The da Vinci Robot requires the smallest of incisions.
A laparoscopic approach to diverticulitis treatment can help reduce the risk of blood loss, minimize post-operative pain, and promote a faster recovery when compared to patient outcomes from traditional, open surgical colon resection and repair.
Schedule a consultation online with one of our laparoscopic diverticulitis surgery specialists here at NWH, or call us at (877) 469-4362.