Indications are that a low-fiber diet over the years creates increased colon pressure and results in pockets or diverticula.
We perform surgery for diverticulitis using advanced techniques such as minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic colon surgery. These approaches avoid the large scar, results in much less pain and need for narcotics and carries a much lower risk of surgical complications.
In surgery, usually part of the colon – commonly the sigmoid colon – is removed and the colon is hooked up or “anastomosed” again to the rectum. Complete recovery can be expected. Normal bowel function usually resumes in about three weeks. With our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is typically no need for a colostomy bag even in the most severe cases.
Diverticulitis is ideal for Laparoscopic or Robotic colon surgery because it avoids large scars, has fewer complications and gets you back on your feet far sooner than open surgery.
- Dr. Eric Haas
Chief, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital