Diverticulitis Specialist

Bay Ridge Endoscopy PLLC

Maher Almoudarres, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

When you have diverticulitis, the feelings of nausea, fever, and abdominal pain require expert attention to keep the condition from becoming more serious. Dr. Maher Almoudarres is a skilled gastroenterologist who’s been treating people in the Brooklyn community of New York City for over 20 years. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online to learn more about how he can diagnose and care for your gastrointestinal problems such as diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis Q & A

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a condition affecting the digestive tract.

Sometimes small pouches can form in your digestive system’s lining. These pouches, called diverticula, are quite common. While they can occur all along your digestive tract, they are frequently found in the colon or large intestine.

Diverticula are harmless, but, if it becomes infected or inflamed, diverticulitis occurs.

Diverticulitis can be extremely painful and lead to serious complications if left untreated.  

What are the symptoms of diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis causes severe abdominal pain, usually on the lower left side. Additional symptoms of diverticulitis include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

You might also experience tenderness in the abdomen. Sometimes, urinary issues like increased urgency, frequency, and burning sensations when voiding occurs.

What causes diverticulitis?

Several factors contribute to diverticulitis developing. The primary cause is due to the blockage of diverticula because of fecal matter, which results in infection and inflammation.

Your risks of developing diverticulitis increases with age, as well as:

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Some medications

A low fiber diet might also play a role in the development of diverticulitis.

How is diverticulitis diagnosed and treated?

Depending on the results of a full medical exam and your personal health history, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend a variety of tests based on your symptoms. These might include:

  • Blood tests checking for inflammation and other issues
  • Imaging tests such as a CAT scan or colonoscopy
  • Urine and stool tests to rule out other infections

The tests will help Dr. Almoudarres determine the best course of treatment for your diverticulitis. This often includes antibiotics and a clear liquid diet for a short time. As you improve, this might shift to a low fiber diet while your body continues to recover.

After your recovery is complete, Dr. Almoudarres might also recommend a follow-up colonoscopy to confirm that your diverticulitis wasn’t related to another digestive issue.

To ensure that you receive the most effective care possible, Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam with each patient and recommend the best treatment plan for their conditions.

If you’re looking for solutions to your abdominal pain, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule an appointment online.