Pope Francis had surgery for diverticulitis in July. The condition is a potentially serious condition of the colon. About 200,000 Americans each year can now say they shared the same experience: they had the same surgery. Read on, if you have questions about the causes of diverticulitis, the most frequent symptoms, and how it's treated.
What is diverticulitis?
Diverticulitis is caused by diverticulosis. This occurs when weak areas in the inner wall of the colon protrude (bulge) outward and form tiny pouches. Diverticulosis affects a large number of people as they become older. Diverticulosis affects around 58 per cent of US individuals over the age of 60. Diverticulosis can be avoided if you consume adequate fibre in your diet.
Most people are completely unaware that they have this condition. When a person undergoes a colonoscopy or an abdominal CT scan for another reason, the diagnosis of diverticulosis is frequently initially noted in a report. Diverticulosis does not cause symptoms, although it is more common in those who have irritable bowel syndrome or who are prone to constipation, bloating, and stomach pain after eating. While diverticulosis is quite common, only a tiny proportion of people with it will ever develop diverticulitis, which is characterized by inflammation or infection of one of the pouches.
What are the signs of diverticulitis?