Specialist expertise: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colorectal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, General Surgery, Laparoscopic Procedures (Keyhole Surgery), Colorectal Surgery, Abdominal Resection, Bowel Diversion Surgery, Trans-anal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS), Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, Gut Microbiome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anal Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticular Disease, Appendicectomy, Complex Hernia Surgery, Anal Fistula, Faecal Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Appendicitis, Bowel Obstruction, Robotic Surgery.
Diverticulosis is a common condition of the colon that causes small pockets to form along its length. This is a western disease, and diverticulosis is very common; it affects 50% of people over the age of 60, and it leads to 2.7 million outpatient appointments and 300,000 hospital admissions in the USA each year.
Diverticulitis describes acute inflammation of a segment of colon with diverticula. It does not mean that there is infection, but that the bowel is inflamed; at surgery it looks thickened, stiff and oedematous.