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Diverticulitis caused from hyst.? Diverticulitis caused from hyst.?

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Unread 02-18-2003, 09:23 PM
Diverticulitis caused from hyst.?

As I have read through here, it seems there are several plagued with diverticulitis. I had TAH, keeping ovaries, about a year and a half ago. I was having severe pain with instantaneous fever and thought it was ovary trouble. Was diagnosed with acute chronic diverticulitis in Nov. I have had several painful episodes. Never had bowel problems until after hyst. Is there a medical correlation with a hysterectomy and diverticulitis?
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Unread 02-18-2003, 10:00 PM
Diverticulitis caused from hyst.?

Hi Troylynn! I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis about four weeks post op from my hyst last year, and just had another attack a couple of weeks ago. I'm facing a colon resection now to remove the area in my colon where the problem is.

My gastro told me that diverticulosis takes years to develop, but once the diverticulae have formed, the diverticulitis attacks can be triggered by surgery, for a couple of reasons. One is that our immune system is compromised by the stress of anesthesia and surgery. Another is that our digestive system, including peristalsis, shuts down for a while as a result of the anesthesia so whatever is in the colon just sits there for a few days. Also, we tend to adopt a very high fiber diet post op, which can irritate the lining of the diverticulae.

The most common cause for the formation of the diverticulae is straining to have a bowel movement because of constipation. In my case, the same constipation and straining that caused my severe uterine prolapse, cystocele and rectocele. It took years of that (and until the prolapse became severe, I never really even noticed that I was straining at all) to set the stage for the infections I've had post op. Perhaps your situation is similar?

Have you been referred to a gastroenterologist for this? Mine has just referred me to a surgeon to discuss the colon resection... during my first infection it took so long to diagnose it that I developed some peritonitis and the walls of the diverticulae got quite thin, and they get thinner with each attack, so I've been told I should not wait any longer to remove the problematic section of my colon. I'll be interested to hear what your DRs have said about this.

We're not the only ones, there are others here, too. Also over in the Polling Place there is a poll about whether bowel problems developed after a hyst... pretty much everyone decided that the hyst is not causative but it can be a trigger for many of us.

Hope this helps!

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