Diverticular Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace & Palos Heights, IL

Complications from diverticular disease send as many as 200,000 people to the hospital each year in the United States. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the board-certified medical team is experienced in diagnosing and treating diverticular disease to prevent complications that require hospitalization. At Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace, Palos Heights, Illinois offices, the gastroenterologists offer on-site CT scans and other diagnostics to accurately diagnose the severity of your diverticular disease, so you can receive the treatment you need. Schedule a consultation today, online or by phone, to learn more about your options for treating diverticular disease.

Diverticular Disease Q & A

What is Diverticular Disease?

Diverticular disease is a condition that causes small sacs or bulges (diverticula) to develop on the wall of your large intestine (colon), usually in areas of the large intestine that sit closest to your rectum.

You can have two forms of the disease:

  • Diverticulosis: Diverticulosis is a condition where the sacs in the large intestine form without any complications, such as tears or the narrowing of your colon.
  • Diverticulitis: Diverticulitis is an inflammatory condition that develops if one of the sacs tears. This can cause an abscess, or a pus-filled pocket, to form, which can become life-threatening. You may also experience rectal bleeding or suffer from constipation because of an obstruction in your colon.

What Causes Diverticular Disease?

While the root cause of diverticular disease isn’t well understood, the condition may be linked to high pressure inside your colon that weakens the walls and causes the formation of sacs or bulges.

Diverticular disease often causes no noticeable symptoms until a sac tears, possibly resulting in rectal bleeding and pain in the lower abdomen. Because there are few symptoms, diverticular disease is often discovered during a routine colonoscopy to screen for other conditions, like colon cancer.

What Options Diagnose and Treat Diverticular Disease?

To confirm diverticular disease, the Illinois Gastroenterology Group medical team offers in-office CT scans and colonoscopy screenings.

If you have diverticulosis and no noticeable symptoms, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider may recommend dietary changes, such as eating high-fiber foods and fresh vegetables and fruits to prevent diverticulitis. You should also limit your intake of red meat and ensure you drink enough water every day.

If you have diverticulitis, you may need a course of antibiotics to prevent a life-threatening infection. In the event a sac ruptures and causes stool or pus to leak into your abdominal cavity, a condition known as peritonitis, you may need emergency surgery to prevent further complications.

Surgery may also be necessary if you have diverticular disease that isn’t managed with other therapies. The goal of surgery is to remove the diseased parts of the colon and prevent additional complications from diverticular disease.

To learn more about treating diverticular disease, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group by phone or by using the convenient online booking feature.