NYU Langone specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating people with diverticular disease, in which small pouches, called diverticula, form on the wall of the colon.
The term diverticular disease refers to the development of diverticula, a condition known as diverticulosis, as well as its complications. Most people with diverticulosis don’t have any symptoms, but some experience complications that may require treatment. The formation of diverticula can lead to weakness and perforations in nearby blood vessels, causing bleeding. Tiny perforations in the pouches may also lead to an infection, called diverticulitis.
Our team of experts includes gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, interventional radiologists, nutritionists, and, if needed, specialists who can provide intensive care. They collaborate to manage all aspects of diverticular disease and recommend treatment based on your symptoms and the results of diagnostic tests.
For people who need surgery, our doctors offer the most advanced, minimally invasive procedures. NYU Langone was the first hospital in New York to use the newest robotic equipment in colorectal surgery. Our specialists also provide ongoing care to prevent the condition from recurring.
Treatment of diverticular disease depends on the severity of your symptoms. Many people can be treated with medication and dietary changes; others require hospitalization. For severe diverticular disease, surgery may be necessary. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy and robot-assisted laparoscopy.