I do understand your concerns.....diverticulosis is one of those conditions that runs rather agressively, particularly in the young (those under the age of 50) I was 43 when I had my first infection which required a week's stay at the hospital and then had a second almost a year to the day later requiring another hospitalization. After my second one, my gastroenterologist told me that I needed surgery....that there was a strong likelihood that I would perforate if I had a third infection. I was SCARED!!! Of course having the rescection would be elective, but my gastro told me that if I were his
wife he would insist that I go have the surgery because next time I would most likely require emergency surgery, with a colostomy only to have to go in to have the surgery all over again!!
I went to the surgeon, who told me that he would like to wait.....I was young and with only 2 episodes and the surgery being rather involved he wanted to see what my body would tell us. I was perplexed and impressed at the same time!! He conference called my gastro sharing with him his recommendations to wait it out and he agreed.
Well....within the next 4 months I had 3 more infections...all of which were not severe enough to hospitalize me because I was so intune with the symptoms and was able to get on the antibiotics and adjust my diet quickly enough. However, the meds seemed to debilitate me as much as the infection with the side effects. My doctors and my body told me it was time to have the resection and not wait until my time ran out and ended up having it done on an emergency basis and with whatever surgeon was on call.
Now....my tics (pockets) were not as significant as yours or Sivad's......thank God. They were highly concentrated in one area....my sigmoid colon, where that seems to be the most common area where it becomes a problem that requires surgery since it has a curve where food seems to sit longer or get stuck.
Diverticulosis CAN be somewhat controlled by diet and meds, however, it is quite risky because each time you infect, the lining of these pockets (tics) thins out until eventually they burst!!! Depending on how large or small the tic is determines how severely it affects you!!! I had a personal friend who never knew he even had diverticulosis and perforated, requiring the removal of his spleen, a month stay in ICU, a colostomy and infection in his blood and almost losing his life. When I went to visit him....I was convinced that I had made the right decision to have the resection!!! My friend finally had his reversal of his colostomy yesterday and expects to be in the hospital for another week.
So....whether to have a resection is a decsion that only YOU can make taking into account what has been advised by your physician. Personally...I have a much better quality of life, can eat everything with no restrictions and have been infection free for almost 21 months since having my resection!!!
Please feel free to visit me and the gang on my thread that Sivad mentioned!! There are lots of us resecties over there who would love to help you through any concerns or questions you may have. Of course, I will continue to check in here as well!!
((((HUGS)))) ~ Goody