Dr. Crean Featured on News4JAX
Diverticulitis can affect anyone – even the Pope! After Pope Francis had to give his Sunday blessing from the hospital due to diverticulitis treatment, News4JAX invited Memorial’s own, Dr. Alex Crean, to come and discuss the condition.
Dr. Crean explains that diverticulitis is a condition in which someone develops outpouchings within the colon (diverticula) that can become inflamed, causing extreme abdominal pain and even hospitalization. The causes and at-risk populations are still being studied, but genetics and diet – high fat, low fiber – seem to play a role. Diverticulitis is a common condition, but mostly affects patients over the age of 40, with the risk increasing with age.
In severe cases, patients may require surgery to fix the condition. Diverticulitis surgery entails taking out the diseased part of the colon (colectomy) and reconnecting the healthy parts. Today’s technology allows for this surgery to be performed laparoscopically, allowing for a quicker recovery time and lower chance of colostomy.
If you or someone you love is living with diverticulitis, Dr. Crean suggests that you maintain a healthy lifestyle with a high fiber, low fat diet, staying active, and quitting smoking. If you would like to talk to an experienced medical professional about this condition, schedule an appointment with us today or visit our website for more information. MASJax is here to help you live the happiest and healthiest life possible.