2. Can Surgery for Diverticulitis Be Avoided?

Mild diverticulitis can often be treated with stool softeners, antibiotics, antispasmodic medications, and bed rest. If the infection worsens, or if a perforation develops in the intestines, doctors may advise hospitalization and antibiotics given through an IV. Intravenous feeding is also frequently used by doctors to facilitate the healing of the colon. While in the hospital, doctors will also be able to drain abscesses in the intestines. A temporary colostomy may also help the intestines heal following a draining.

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