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May 29, 2012 · laparoscopic surgery for diverticulitis and its results in Digestive Health

I was diagnosed with diverticulites several years ago. In 2010 I began experiencing recurrent blockages landing me in the hospital and ER on numerous occasions. Ct scans revealed diver.; subsequent to several episides, I was referred to a surgeon without intervention of a gastroenterologist. I should note I have also had issues with scar tissue from prior surgeries possibly causing blockages. My suggestion is to obtain a second opinion from a good Gastro prior to talking to a surgeon and explore all options. I had surgery October 24, 2011 and as of today am still not recovered. It was determined during a recent colonoscopy that they may have ‘missed’ a section of the decending color with a large diverticula in place which would have been removed. Additionally, my surgeon now believe that they may have missed some old scar tissue which may be or was possibly causing the blockages to begin with. I have tried to get into Mayo for a second opinion; they will not take me despite my having treated at Mayo in AZ for years.
All I can say is, be sure you really need the surgery; obtain second opinions from a good internest, a gastroenterologist and surgeon prior to moving forward.
My recovery has been a nightmare and life-changing. A colectomy is serious business; do your research on complications, surgery prep, recovery, etc. I live in a small city; my only option is to fly to AZ to see a physician since Mayo MN won’t see me…very frustrating. Explore your options.