Diverticulitis occurs when small pouches (diverticula) commonly found in your large intestine become infected or inflamed. Diverticulitis is especially common after age 50 and symptoms can range from mild pain, fever, and nausea, to life-threatening infection.
Why choose Mayo Clinic
- Experience. Mayo Clinic gastrointestinal specialists diagnose and care for hundreds of people with diverticulitis each year. Mayo Clinic also has extensive experience with minimally invasive (laparoscopic) and robotic surgery options.
- Research advances. Researchers at Mayo Clinic regularly conduct studies to better understand diverticular disease and to improve your treatment options.
- Coordinated care. Specialists in digestive diseases, liver disease, colon and rectal surgery and other specialties work together to diagnose your problem and recommend the best treatment approach. Doctor visits, testing, and treatment are all available in one convenient location and can be completed in a few days.
- Rapid recovery. Mayo Clinic doctors rely primarily on minimally invasive surgical methods which lessen pain, improve outcomes, and enable you to return home in as little as two days after surgery.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.
Read more about diverticulitis on MayoClinic.com.