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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 our colorectal specialists, please 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 specialist in Singapore 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 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, we 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.

Comprehensive Range of Colorectal Services for Your Peace of Mind

We tailor our treatments 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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Colorectal Practice (Orchard)

3 Mount Elizabeth, #12-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
Tel: (+65) 6262 1226

Colorectal Practice (Novena)

38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-28/29
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Singapore 329563
Tel: (+65) 6266 1226

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6 Napier Road #02-12
Gleneagles Medical Centre
Singapore 258499
Tel: (+65) 6539 9626

Colorectal Practice (Farrer)

1 Farrer Park Station Rd,
#14-09/10 Connexion,
Singapore 217562
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