Diverticular surgery is a major procedure, especially if it is performed in an emergency situation. Most people who have had surgery for diverticular disease don’t experience any of the typical complications of the disease, such as diverticular bleeding or diverticulitis. A small percentage of people do, however, and may need to adhere to preventive and therapeutic regimens to prevent flare-ups.
Your doctor may want to see you regularly to assess your recovery. In addition, specialists at NYU Langone offer several support services to help you manage diverticulosis and prevent disease-related complications.
People who have diverticulosis and obesity are at increased risk of developing complications. Specialists at NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program can create a weight loss plan appropriate for your health and lifestyle. They offer advice on proper nutrition and exercise, as well as support in making changes.
Adopting a diet that promotes good digestive health—which includes foods high in fiber and low in fat—can help prevent future episodes of diverticulitis. NYU Langone registered dietitians and nutritionists can create a meal plan that helps you manage diverticulosis and optimize your digestive health.
Studies have found that in people with diverticulosis, smoking increases the risk of developing complications. NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs can help you quit for good.