Diverticulitis and Benign Colon and Rectal Disease
Diverticulosis is a common condition that occurs when outpouchings develop and make their way out of weak spots in a person’s colon. These outpouchings typically form in the lower part of the colon, referred to as the sigmoid colon. If just one pouch develops, it is called a diverticulum. In the event multiple pouches form, they are called diverticula. In most cases, people suffering from diverticulosis do not display any symptoms or have any known problems. However, when a person starts to display symptoms or has problems related to infection of these outpouchings, it is called diverticulitis.
An estimated 20 percent of people experience complications associated with diverticulosis, including rectal bleeding. When the diverticula becomes inflamed and infected, it is considered diverticulitis. This usually occurs when the sacs become blocked with waste, resulting in a buildup of bacteria and infection. Approximately 10 percent of people over the age of 40 and 50 percent of people over the age of 60 develop diverticulitis at some point in their lives. As the numbers show, the risk of diverticulitis increases with age. In fact, nearly every single person over the age of 80 will have diverticulitis. This condition can be difficult to diagnose because it typically does not have any troublesome symptoms. In some cases people complain of tenderness in the affected area or abdominal cramps. The experienced surgeons at our Mansfield clinic will be able to provide you with additional insight on the symptoms and examine you to see if you are suffering from one of the conditions mentioned above.
How is Diverticulitis Diagnosed?
- Blood test
- CT scan
- Lower GI series
Colon Resection Surgery
Robotic Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
Small Bowel Tumors
Small bowel tumors are typically rare, but do happen on occasion. In most cases the tumors are single, but certain conditions carry multiple tumors (such as intestinal polyposis syndrome). Small bowel tumors can be both benign and malignant, and in some cases benign tumors can progress and turn malignant. If you have a small bowel tumor, we may recommend the removal of it using a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
To learn more about diverticulitis and when colon resection surgery is necessary, please do not hesitate to contact Surgical Associates of Mansfield. Our knowledgeable surgical staff are committed to putting each and every patient and their health first. We understand how important our health is to you and are here to do everything we can to alleviate your symptoms, which may mean surgery. If you are unsure whether or not you need colon resection surgery or would like to learn more about the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us.