Diverticulosis in Tulsa, OK
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What is diverticulosis?
Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches inside the intestine bulge outside of the outer portion of the intestines. Although these pouches, usually referred to as diverticula, can present themselves anywhere in the intestines, they are typically seen on the left side of the colon. Diverticulosis is usually a benign condition and does not always cause discomfort. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are diverticular diseases. Diverticulitis is a disease in which the small pouches become diseased or inflamed. Diverticulitis develops after diverticulosis. If you have diverticulosis, it is essential that you seek care from a gastrointestinal provider to help prevent diverticulitis. Our gastroenterology providers are proud to offer customized care for diverticular conditions in Tulsa, OK. Contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you to request a consultation.
What causes diverticulosis?
Researchers are not sure what causes diverticulosis. It is believed that the diverticula push through the outside intestine when too much force in the bowel is applied, due to colon contractions or constipation. There also appears to be a correlation between diverticulosis and your family health history. This indicates that genetic makeup could predispose you to diverticulosis. If you are older, you are at a higher risk for developing diverticulosis. Starting in your 40s, your chance of developing diverticulosis increases every decade. Diverticulosis impacts both males and females alike. Approximately half of people over the age of 60-80 experience diverticulosis; the majority of people over the age of eighty experience this condition.
What are the symptoms of diverticulosis?
It is common for a person not show symptoms of diverticulosis. However, if you do experience symptoms of diverticulosis, they could include:
- Trouble having a bowel movement
- Stomach pain and cramping
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location near you to speak to a GI provider.
What treatments are available for diverticulosis?
The main goal when treating diverticulosis is to keep the pouches from becoming infected or inflamed. The Tulsa, OK gastroenterologists will determine the best treatment for your needs, but some possible options are:
- Fiber supplements
- Eating high-fiber foods
- Probiotic supplements
Possible ways to prevent diverticular disease include:
- Stay away from beef and foods high in fat
- Quit using tobacco products or don’t start using tobacco
- Lose weight if overweight
- Avoid taking NSAID drugs such as Advil
Specialized care for diverticulosis
If you have diverticulosis and wish to avoid the severe complication of diverticulitis, it is important to consult with a GI specialist about prevention methods. We can help you connect with a Tulsa, OK provider through our board-certified group of GI providers at an Adult Gastroenterology Associates location in your community. If you are experiencing symptoms of a GI condition or hope to find treatment for diverticulosis in Tulsa, OK, contact us now to request a consultation to take the first step towards optimal GI wellness.
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