Diverticulitis Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Diverticulitis is a painful problem affecting the tiny pouches inside the bowel. Patients who suffer from diverticulitis may have severe abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, and other unpleasant symptoms. Fortunately, the experienced gastroenterology team at Fifth Avenue GI in East Harlem/Upper East Side, New York, offer effective solutions that allow for a pain-free life again at last.

Diverticulitis Q & A

Fifth Avenue GI

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a condition affecting the diverticula, the tiny pouches that can grow in your digestive tract. Although they're not present at birth, around half of the U.S. population has at least one diverticula by the time they're 60 years old. These diverticula form when weakened areas within the intestinal walls bulge outwards. If those small pouches get inflamed or infected, it's known as diverticulitis.

How are diverticulitis and diverticulosis different?

Diverticulosis simply means the presence of diverticula. Diverticulosis usually causes no symptoms at all, although some diverticulosis sufferers have occasional abdominal discomfort. Because most patients who have diverticulosis never have symptoms, a diagnosis is usually made only during diagnostic testing for another issue.

Diverticulitis occurs when inflammation or bacteria gets into the diverticula. It's entirely different than diverticulosis because it can cause severe pain and other difficult-to-manage symptoms.

What are the signs of diverticulitis?

The signs of diverticulitis usually start with abdominal pain, notably lower abdominal pain. Other symptoms of diverticulitis can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Abdominal tenderness

How does the gastroenterologist diagnose diverticulitis?

Your medical history and your description of your symptoms are both critical in determining which diagnostic tools to use for a definitive diagnosis. Some diagnostic tools can include:

  • CAT scan
  • X-ray
  • Barium enema X-ray
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy

How does the gastroenterologist treat diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis treatment can take several paths, depending on your symptoms, your age, your overall health, and other factors specific to you. Part of the treatment usually involves giving the bowel rest, which can mean short fasts, liquid diets, or different eating habits.

Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection and inflammation. In the most severe cases of diverticulitis, they may recommend a surgical procedure that extracts part of the colon.

Are you struggling with problems like abdominal pain, constipation, and nausea? Diverticulitis may be the cause. See one of our highly experienced and skilled Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologists soon for help. You can make an appointment from the convenience of your own home using the online appointment tool now.