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Diverticular Disease

A common yet treatable condition, diverticular disease can be managed.

How does Diverticular Disease affect me?

Diverticular disease is a condition where small bulges or sacs (diverticula) in the large intestine are developed and infected. When the diverticula are present but not infected, it is known as diverticulosis. Symptoms of diverticulosis are usually non-existent or minor and do not require any immediate medical care.

If diverticula become infected or inflamed, a colon surgery might be required to treat what is now known as diverticular disease.

The most extreme form of diverticular disease is known as diverticulitis, which is when the diverticuli becomes inflamed and infected.

Diverticular Disease

Colorectal Practice is dedicated to holistic colon health, including treating diverticular disease.

To schedule a consultation with Dr Dennis Koh, call 6262 1226.

Are you at risk of diverticular disease?

Some early stage diverticular disease symptoms you should look out for are:

  • Stomach pain that worsens during and after eating
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Blood or mucus in stool

If you have the following risk factors, you may be at increased risk of diverticular disease.

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Cigarette use
  • Having a low-fibre diet
  • Family history of diverticulitis
  • Low levels of vitamin D

It is important to note that diverticulosis may also not have any symptoms. It is recommended that you book a consultation with a colorectal surgeon if you suspect that you may be suffering from diverticular disease.

How is diverticular disease diagnosed?

Your medical history and symptoms will first be evaluated, and a physical exam may then be performed to check for any abdominal tenderness and discomfort.

Other diagnostic methods include: blood tests to identify any signs of infection, a CT scan to identify abnormalities in the intestines, as well as Colonoscopy which will allow the doctor to clearly examine the inner lining of the colonic walls.

How is diverticular disease treated?

In mild to moderate cases of diverticulosis, Dr Koh will typically prescribe antibiotics and a liquid diet until your symptoms subside. Following that, you can start on a high-fibre diet as this will add bulk to your stool and help move it out of your digestive tract.

Severe cases of diverticular disease with prolonged bleeding may require you to be hospitalized and on bowel rest. This is to allow your digestive system to take a break and heal on its own.

Our Surgeon

Dr Dennis KohConsultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS (Nottingham), MMed (Surg)
BMedSci (Nottingham), FRCSEd, FAMS

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Dr Dennis Koh
Dr Dennis Koh

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Comprehensive Range of Colorectal Services for Your Peace of Mind

Dr Koh tailors his treatment based on your lifestyle requirements and healthcare needs. At our colorectal clinic, we believe in providing personalized care as it allows for better surgical outcomes and creates a supportive environment for our patients.

For a detailed consultation, contact us at 6262 1226 or fill up the contact form below.

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