Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Aside from the treatment information featured on this page, Mayo Clinic provides all standard treatment options for this condition.

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For mild symptoms of diverticulitis, Mayo Clinic doctors often recommend:

  • Liquid or low-fiber diet
  • Resting your colon
  • Avoiding foods or beverages that aggravate your symptoms
  • Antibiotics

Doctors at Mayo Clinic typically recommend more aggressive treatment for people younger than 50.

A more severe attack of diverticulitis may require you to be hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics.

Surgery

If you have experienced recurrent attacks of diverticulitis or are at risk of complications from the condition, you may need surgery to remove the diseased portion of your colon.

The vast majority of the time this surgery can be performed with minimally invasive surgery, which uses smaller incisions and speeds up recovery.

May. 21, 2011

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