Diverticulosis in Texas

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When small pouches of the intestine bulge outward through the lining of the colon, this is known as diverticulosis. These pouches, diverticula, can occur anywhere in the intestines; however, they are most common on the left side of the colon. This disease is usually benign and often doesn't even cause discomfort. When the pouches become infected, diverticulosis will progress to diverticulitis. It's important if you have diverticulosis that you are seen by a GI specialist to prevent this from happening. To find a provider near you, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to find a location in Texas near you.

It's unclear what exactly causes diverticulosis; however, these small pouches will bulge through the outer wall of the intestines where there is an abnormal amount of pressure applied in the colon, which could be caused by muscle spasms or straining when having a bowel movement. It's thought that there may be a link between family history and age in regards to an individual's chances of developing this disease. Starting at the age of 40 a person's risk of developing diverticulosis increases every 10 years. In fact, about half of people aged 60 – 80 have diverticulosis and the numbers are even greater for those who are 80 and older.

Most people have no symptoms of diverticulosis. However, some symptoms could include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Constipation

If you experience symptoms like those above, contact a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location near you.

If you have diverticulosis, the main goal of your treatment will be to keep the pouches from becoming infected or inflamed. Some treatment options we may suggest include:

  • High-fiber diet
  • Probiotics
  • Fiber supplements

Some ways to prevent diverticulosis include:

  • Lose weight if overweight
  • Avoid red meat and foods high in fat
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
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If you are at risk of developing diverticulosis, it's important to seek out the guidance of a GI expert who can help you manage the condition and prevent it from forming into diverticulitis. If you have symptoms that may suggest diverticulosis in Texas, we urge you to request a consultation at a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants location near you.

Dr. Nikhil Inamdar and his practice are great! He/They directly answer all your questions. His staff is very friendly and helpful too. My husband had a colonoscopy with him a couple years ago, and now I am using him for mine. It was such a good experience. My husband will be seeing him in 10 years.

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Dr Sadiq is a very good GI doctor. I have used him for many years. He monitored my diverticulosis/diverticulitis. When it was time to see a surgeon he referred me to a great one. He listens to you even in a busy office. His staff is very professional as well. It is very well managed.

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