Thanks Woody and all who responded. Tomorrow is my surgery. I was hoping to have the colon resection laproscopically (since the results have been overwhelmingly successful on this site) but my surgeons have advise a hemicolectomy (full incision down to belly button) due to the frequency of my attacks. A little more evasive than the lap but I've asked a few of my medical friends and they agree. I will let everyone know how it goes; will be in hospital 5 - 7 days so it will be a while.Good Luck Don, I agree with you all the way. I don't want anymore attacks either, and hope to plan Surgery soon at my follow-up next week. However, I do know that even with Surgery it won't prevent future Diverticulitis, but it won't happen in the same piece of colon :-)
At least I am better informed about this condition and need to be more aware of my diet.
There was a couple of things I wanted to pass on regarding my last diverticulitis attack:
- Ensure Clear nutritional drink help a lot when on clear liquid diet. I had little strength after last attack and didnt eat for 6 days. This stuff helped tremendously.
- Ginger helped my nausea while taking the Flagyl and other antibiotics. I went with Ginger Snaps, warmed in microwave for a few seconds.
- Chewing gum helped the metal mouth side effect of Flagyl.
Again thanks for this site and responses; take care and good luck to all. Don