Learn More About Diverticulitis in Williamsport, PA
Diverticula are most often found in the lower part of the intestine. They’re small, bulging pouches that develop in the lining of the digestive system. Diverticulitis is when one or more of the pouches become infected.
Diverticulitis symptoms can include the following:
- Persistent pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tenderness in the abdominal region
Diverticula typically form in weak places of the colon. When these weak spots collapse, the pouches jut out through the colon wall. Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticula tear, leading to inflammation and/or infection.
Diverticulitis Treatment at UPMC
Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. Milder symptoms are called uncomplicated diverticulitis. Symptoms can be treated from home.
Your doctor may recommend the following treatment regimens:
- A liquid diet for a few days or until symptoms heal
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
More severe symptoms can lead to complicated diverticulitis. Treatment for complicated diverticulitis consists of antibiotics taken intravenously. If an abscess has formed, a tube insertion will be needed.
Surgery is also an option if:
- There’s been a complication like a fistula or bowel obstruction
- Your immune system has been compromised
- You’ve had multiple cases of uncomplicated diverticulitis
Schedule an Appointment with One of Our Williamsport Gastrointestinal Specialists
At UPMC, our gastroenterologists are here to help you manage diverticulitis in Williamsport. Schedule an appointment with a gastroenterology provider today by calling (570) 321-3454
UPMC is dedicated to the health of all people in our community. We provide exceptional care for patients with diverticulitis in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.