Diverticulosis is a common gastrointestinal condition which involves the formation of outpouchings in the colon wall.  This becomes more common after one reaches the age of 50.  Diverticulosis is more commonly located within the left and sigmoid colon; however, it may be throughout the entire colon.  Many patients remain asymptomatic, but bleeding may occasionally occur.  Common risk factors include aging and a low fiber diet.

Diverticulitis results when one of the diverticula becomes inflamed.  This may be due to an occlusion of the outpouching, preventing drainage.  Common symptoms include left sided abdominal pain, fever, and an elevated white blood cell count (WBC) found upon routine laboratory analysis.  A CT scan is used to further evaluate the symptoms and colon, which can help confirm the diagnosis.  Many initial, uncomplicated, episodes may be treated with bowel rest, intravenous fluids (IVF), and antibiotics.  If the episode is complicated by an abscess, perforation, or is recurrent, surgical intervention may be necessary.  Removal of the colon most commonly associated with diverticulitis results in a resolution of diverticulitis and associated symptoms in most cases.

Dr. Leithead specializes in the minimally invasive techniques to remove the colon with the latest advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques.  This is performed by creating small incisions in the abdomen to allow access to the colon.  This is followed by isolating the area of diseased colon, and removing this area.  Finally, with the use of specialized instruments, the colon is reconnected.  Minimally invasive colectomy patients are associated with significantly less pain, a decreased risk of infection, earlier ambulation, and a shorter hospital stay.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Dr. Leithead for a consultation.

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Insurance approval for bariatric surgery can be a difficult maze to maneuver. Our practice has 7 Patient Advocates who focus on obtaining insurance approval for patients. They will verify your insurance and walk you through any required prerequisites prior to surgery. When you call our office you will be introduced to your Patient Advocate who will work with you until the time you are scheduled for surgery.

If your insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, your Patient Advocate will discuss our cash pay prices and financing options.

Dr. Leithead accepts all insurances, including Medicare.

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