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Diverticulitis
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Diverticulitis

I have Diverticulitis.  I usually get it once a year in the lower right or left side.  Painful, but manageable.  Is it possible to get an attach in the upper left side (where the descending and transverse colons meet)?

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How do you know that these are bouts of diverticulitis? Has this been documented with a CT scan during an episode? By age 65, two thirds of Americans have diverticulosis but only 2-4% will have complications such as diverticulitis or bleeding. Once you have had a bout of diverticulitis there is a one in three chance of a second. After a second bout, the odds of more jumps to 50% and then to 66% after three. Any bout can present with a perforation requiring emergency surgery and a colostomy that would need to be there for traditionally six months. In the old days when surgical risks were higher, surgery was recommended after the third bout but, with reduced risks and down time, currently it is recommended after two documented bouts. In the most common situation, about six inches of the colon is removed laparoscopically. Although this does not reduce the risk of future diverticulitis to zero, it does reduce the risks by about 90% with minimal, if any, lifestyle change.
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